NDSU ag vice
president Jensen to step down December 31
Fargo, N. D., July
9 — North Dakota State University President Joseph A. Chapman has
announced that Patricia A. Jensen intends to retire as the university’s
vice president and dean of the College of Agriculture, Food Systems and
Natural Resources, effective Dec. 31. It is a position she has held since
July 1997. Jensen cited personal factors for her decision to retire.
“As much as I enjoyed my professional duties at NDSU, the time seems
right to begin to focus on other matters in my life,” said Jensen.
“I leave taking great satisfaction in knowing that the faculty,
staff and students in the college, Extension Service and Experiment Station
will continue their outstanding service to the people of North Dakota.”
As vice president, Jensen was responsible for three areas of agricultural
service: academic efforts in the College of Agriculture, agricultural
research efforts at the North Dakota Experiment Station and the statewide
Extension Service. Under her leadership, the division has added new academic
programs, built new facilities, including the Equine Center and the Animal
Research and Physiology Center, and connected offices across the state
with video hookups.
Chapman praised Jensen’s service to the state and NDSU. “Pat
came to NDSU with significant experience at the international, national
and state levels. She has been particularly effective at fostering partnerships
with federal agencies and leading universities in high profile programs
such as the new food safety collaboration with the University of Minnesota
and others,” he said.
Chapman said he will visit with statewide constituents, including the
members of the State Board of Agricultural Research and Education chaired
by Tom Archbold, before beginning a search for Jensen’s successor.
Jensen holds a doctor of jurisprudence degree from William Mitchell College
of Law, St. Paul, Minn., and has a bachelor of arts degree in psychology
with an additional concentration in chemistry from the College of St.
Catherine, St. Paul. Previous work experience includes serving as executive
director of the Minnesota Agricultural Utilization Research Institute,
Crookston, Minn., and acting assistant secretary, marketing and regulatory
programs, U. S. Department of Agriculture.
Chapman said an interim appointment to take over Jensen’s duties
will be made by Jan. 1 and that he expects a permanent successor to be
in place by July 1, 2005
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