Cleve Willis Appointed Dean of College of Food and Natural Resources at UMass Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. - Cleve Willis, chair of the department of resource economics at the University of Massachusetts, has been named dean of the College of Food and Natural Resources (CFNR). Cora B. Marrett, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost, announced Willis''s appointment, which became effective July 1.

Marrett said "I am confident Cleve Willis possesses the leadership and experience to advance the overall objectives of academic affairs within CFNR, including preserving strength in areas of intellectual distinction and building strength in areas of importance to the commonwealth."

"CFNR has grown remarkably over the past decade, and is characterized by the diversity and interconnectedness of its programs," said Willis. "Its faculty of internationally acclaimed scholars has earned an impressive number of teaching, research, and outreach awards. The challenge will be to build on that excellence. It''s an exciting one, and I look forward to it."

CFNR includes the departments of consumer studies; entomology; food science; hotel, restaurant and travel administration; landscape architecture and regional planning; microbiology; natural resources conservation; plant and soil sciences; resource economics, sport studies; and veterinary and animal sciences. The College also houses the Stockbridge School of Agriculture.

Willis has been a faculty member in the department of resource economics since joining the University in 1972. He was department chair from 1986-93 and became chair once again in 1996.

He received a bachelor''s degree from California State University and earned both his master''s and doctorate degrees from the University of California, Davis. Willis succeeds Robert Helgesen, who was recently appointed interim vice chancellor for University outreach.