Leadership

Leadership

Strengthening our mission and values through dedicated leadership.

Leading through experience. Innovating through empowerment. 

The leadership in the College of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences are also experts in their own fields and are committed to shepherding our legacy and cultivating our continued success.


Vice President & Charles-Sander Dean Shane C. Burgess

A native of New Zealand, Dr. Burgess has worked around the world as a practicing veterinarian and scientist. His areas of research expertise include cancer biology, virology, proteomics, immunology, bioinformatics and computational biology.

Dr. Burgess is Vice President of the University of Arizona Division of Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences, and Cooperative Extension and the Charles-Sander Dean of the College of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences. In FY22, this $320M/year enterprise taught 10,700 students and almost 5,000 K-12 students in all 15 counties, had more than 1,250 employees and almost 1,000 DPS background-checked volunteers. UArizona has been ranked as the top performing university in the world in water resources.

Shane C. Burgess

Vice President for the Division of Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences, and Cooperative Extension
Charles-Sander Dean of the College of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences

Executive Leadership

Jon Chorover

Interim Associate Vice President, Research, Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences, and Cooperative Extension
Interim Associate Dean, Research
Professor, Environmental Science
Professor, Hydrology and Water Resources
Professor, Public Health

Jim Davis

Associate Vice President, Advancement, Advocacy, Alumni Affairs, & Corporate Relations for the Division of Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences, and Cooperative Extension
Senior Director of Development for Agriculture, Life and Veterinary Sciences, and Cooperative Extension

Jia Hu

Assistant Dean, Graduate Education
Associate Professor, Riparian Ecology-Ecohydrology
Associate Professor, Dendrochronology
Associate Professor, AIRES

School Directors

  • David Galbraith, Interim Director and Professor, School of Plant Sciences

  • Laura Scaramella, Director, Norton School of Human Ecology

  • D. Scott Merrell, Director and Professor, School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences

  • Kathryn Stoner, Professor and Director, School of Natural Resources and the Environment

  • Kenneth Wilund, Director and Professor, School of Nutritional Sciences and Wellness

Department Heads

  • Joan Curry, Interim Department Head and Professor, Environmental Science

  • Murat Kacira, Interim Department Head and Professor, Biosystems Engineering

  • Laura Scaramella, Interim Department Head, Agricultural Education, Technology and Innovation

  • Bruce Tabashnik, Department Head and Professor, Entomology

  • Gary Thompson, Department Head and Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics