COLUMBUS, Ohio - Bobby Moser, dean of the College Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State University has announced the appointment of Linda C. Martin to serve as the college's associate dean and director of academic affairs. Martin will replace L.H. Newcomb, who retires in December.
Newcomb served as senior associate dean of the college and Price Chair in Teaching, Advising and Learning. He provided leadership for the college's undergraduate and graduate programs and assisted the dean in envisioning and implementing various college initiatives.
Martin begins her appointment on Oct. 20, pending Board of Trustees approval.
As assistant dean of academic programs for five years at Oklahoma State University's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Martin has implemented distinctive programs to support and enhance interactions between students and faculty. Martin previously served as professor at Kansas State University.
"I am pleased to welcome such a well-qualified individual to our leadership team. Linda brings with her a breadth of creative and innovative experience that will help us shape our vision and achieve greater impact with our teaching and learning programs within the college," said Moser, vice president for agricultural administration. "I am confident that her leadership, passion, and commitment to connecting with students and building lasting relationships will contribute significantly to increased effectiveness and future success."
A native of Uniontown, Md., Martin acquired a love for agriculture at an early age. She obtained an undergraduate animal science degree at Ohio State University, and completed her graduate work in animal breeding and cattle genetics at Virginia Tech and Colorado State University.
"Throughout her career she has been recognized as a truly stellar teacher. She has not only become a master teacher but has extended her insight about teaching and learning to countless other faculty," said Moser. "Her track record of effectively enhancing the teaching programs at Kansas State and Oklahoma State are simply first rate."
Martin is currently completing her participation in The Food Systems Leadership Institute, a highly acclaimed national leadership development program.
Her appointment runs for four years.