Oct 24
Steve Loerch, Head, Department of Animal Sciences

Change. This time of year makes me acutely aware of change. The leaves are changing. The temperature is changing. Daylight savings time is changing. The fields have changed from pre to post-harvest.

Change is evident on the University of Illinois campus, too. The College of ACES will be changing leadership at the end of the month. Robert Hauser will retire from his role as Dean and Dr. Kimberlee Kidwell will resume that role on November 1. Dean Hauser has served the College of ACES for 35 years and his leadership will be missed. He has been a consistent advocate for the Department of Animal Sciences and his support is greatly appreciated. Fortunately, the college and department will be in good hands when the change of deans occurs. Dean Kidwell is already actively engaged in college activities and she is off to a fast start as our new leader. I urge everyone to give her a warm welcome when she arrives.

When you get to the heart of it, change is what we do at this institution. We are in the business of changing people’s lives. This occurs through the students we teach and mentor and through the discoveries we make. Looking forward to the great changes ahead!

Fall leaves