Cal Poly names new dean for College of Agriculture
Cal Poly Professor David Wehner has been named dean of the university’s College of Agriculture, the oldest and second largest of Cal Poly’s six colleges with some 3,675 students enrolled this year.
Wehner has a background in agronomy and horticulture and has served as interim dean of the College of Agriculture since July 2001. He succeeds Joe Jen, who accepted an appointment in July 2001 as U.S. undersecretary of agriculture for research, education and economics in Washington D.C.
Wehner joined the faculty at Cal Poly in 1994 as the head of what was then called the Environmental Horticultural Science Department. In addition to serving as department head, he taught courses in introductory and advanced turfgrass management. In 1996, he became interim assistant dean in the College of Agriculture, continuing his previous duties but also coordinating the college’s graduate program and assisting faculty members with research and public service programs. In 1997, Wehner was named associate dean of the College of Agriculture, becoming primarily responsible for the undergraduate program and directing the college’s Multicultural Agriculture Program Center.