UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE APPOINTS NEW DEAN OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES AND NATURAL RESOURCES
(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) – Dr.
Caula A. Beyl has been named as dean of the University of Tennessee College of
Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Since January Beyl has been serving
as Interim Dean of Graduate Studies for Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University. Prior
to then she was director of Alabama A&M's Office of Institutional Planning, Research
Beyl will be the first female dean of UT's nearly century old college of agriculture.
She is among a handful of female leaders of such land-grant colleges
across the nation. Her appointment recognizes a shift from traditionally male-dominated
programs to studies that are attracting nearly equal numbers of male and female
The UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources offers a variety
of studies focused on food, fiber and natural resources systems. As dean, Beyl
will oversee the college's academic programs, which serve approximately 840
undergraduate and 225 graduate students. The college's various academic and
co-curricular activities include numerous degree programs as well as commodity
clubs and competition teams, professional and honor societies, and independent
research and other creative endeavors.
Degrees are offered in programs related to agricultural economics; animal science;
biosystems engineering and soil science; food science and technology; entomology
and plant pathology; forestry, wildlife and fisheries; and plant sciences.
A professor of horticulture, Beyl has received numerous awards and recognitions
for her teaching and research. She has also served in editorial and review
capacities for a number of scholarly publications, including the Journal of
the American Society for Horticultural Science.
Beyl holds a Ph.D. in stress physiology and a master's in horticulture from Purdue
University. She earned her bachelor's of science degree in biology from Florida
Regarding her appointment, the new dean said, “Throughout the years, the UT College
of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources has been well known for its leadership
and energetic faculty. I am thoroughly delighted to be welcomed into this outstanding
family and to experience firsthand a true UT welcome.”
In an e-mail to faculty and staff, Dr. Joseph DiPietro, UT vice president for agriculture,
called the national search process rigorous, stating “it involved a thorough
and thoughtful review of many qualified candidates.”
DiPietro also thanked the search committee and the faculty and staff who participated
in the campus interviews and submitted candidate critiques. “Your input was
vital to the process and has resulted in a dynamic new leader for our academic
programs,” he wrote.
Beyl, who plans to be on campus on June 1, is looking forward to an intense summer
of orientation and preparations for the opening of the 2007 fall semester.