After 12 years with the College of Agriculture, Wayne Bidlack has announced his intention to leave the dean's position, effective June 11, 2007. He will return to the classroom as a professor, teaching Human Nutrition & Food Science as well as Animal & Veterinary Science courses.
“It has been the privilege of a lifetime to lead the outstanding team that makes up the College of Agriculture,” Bidlack says. “I look forward to joining my colleagues in the classroom as we work together to educate the future leaders of our industry.”
In a message to the university community, Provost Tomas Morales announced that he will meet with college faculty and staff in the coming weeks to gain their perspectives on the next steps.
“To say that Dr. Bidlack made an impact on the college would be a huge understatement,” Morales says. “His leadership resulted in the development of AGRIscapes and the Farm Store at Kellogg Ranch. This past October, Wayne was named to the State Board of Food and Agriculture and he is a past recipient of the Wang Family Excellence Award (2002).”
Before coming to Cal Poly Pomona in 1995, Bidlack was chair of the department of Food Science & Human Nutrition and director of the Center for Designing Foods to Improve Nutrition at Iowa State University from 1992 to 1995. He has been an active professional member of the Institute of Food Technologies for more than 15 years and is a past president of the Food Safety Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology.