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College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
Dean’s Monthly Newsletter // December 2022
Month in Review
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We made it to the end of the semester! I enjoyed celebrating with our graduating seniors Friday at our December commencement. Congratulations to our new alumni – and all who helped them reach this exciting milestone.

We were also thrilled to bestow a big honor on a wonderful alumnus of our college, Joe Dillard (pictured above). Joe received an honorary doctoral degree at commencement – the highest honor awarded by Mizzou – and we celebrated all week, including teatime with SNR students and dinner with Joe’s family and friends. Joe is a world-famous fisheries research biologist, and an incredibly kind and well-loved alumnus and friend of CAFNR and SNR. Celebrating him was a wonderful honor and one of the highlights of our year!

In addition to celebrating our graduates and Dr. Joe Dillard, December has been a packed month. I enjoyed seeing many of you at holiday celebrations and other events, including:

  • Visit with MU alumni and donors in Kansas City
  • Meeting with the CAFNR Foundation
  • Missouri Farm Bureau Annual Meeting and Partners in Agriculture Luncheon
  • Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Finance Committee meeting
  • Traveling office hours in Eckles Hall for seasonal Buck’s ice cream
  • Taste test of BBQ sauces created by our food science students
  • REEC annual meeting with Research, Extension and Education Center directors and Missouri agriculture leaders
  • Dean’s Council meeting and holiday lunch
  • President’s holiday reception
  • IFT Task Force meeting
  • CARET delegate orientation
  • Local Legislative Delegation Luncheon
  • Northern Missouri REEC Advisory Board Meeting
  • IPG Holiday Gathering

We shared promotion and tenure recommendation letters with the Provost’s Office last week and continue to interview faculty candidates for positions across the college. Today I meet with CAFNR Policy Committee Chair, Vicki Vieira-Potter, as well as Provost Latha Ramchand, and tomorrow I attend the Missouri Food Entrepreneur Network (MO-FEN) meeting.

I wish my friend and colleague, Marshall Stewart, the very best as he embarks on a new journey at Kansas State University. Dr. Stewart served well as the Chief Engagement Officer for the University of Missouri System and Vice Chancellor, Extension & Engagement for Mizzou, and brought recognition to the tremendous work done in MU Extension every day. I am incredibly proud of the advancements and investments we made in serving the agriculture industry in our state. In fact, last month we compiled and shared a few of those accomplishments in honor of Ag Day. Thanks for the great partnership, Dr. Stewart!

I look forward to the holiday break with my family, and wish you a wonderful and relaxing break, too. Thanks for all you do for our great college, and we’ll see you in the New Year!

CAFNR Proud,

Christopher R. Daubert, Ph.D.
CAFNR Vice Chancellor & Dean


Marshall, congrats to you and @MUExtension for a sensational year! @MUExtAgEnviron and @MUCAFNRresearch are thrilled to be part of the team!

7:03 PM - Dec 1, 2022
Tiger Roars!

The National Academy of Inventors has named Randy Prather, Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Animal Sciences, to its 2022 Fellows Program. Dr. Prather is one of only 169 academic inventors to receive the prestigious honor this year. The NAI Fellows Program highlights academic inventors who have demonstrated a spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.

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