Speaking Softly

Speaking Softly

Oct 28
Richard Vogen, Director, Planning and Research Development
  

For the past seven years, the College of ACES has been led calmly and resolutely by Robert J. Hauser, who is now making the transition to emeritus status. It has been a true privilege to work alongside Dean Hauser in his quest to keep ACES moving forward. The challenges during his tenure, especially on the financial front, have not been easy. But one of his principle strengths has been his ability to gain important insights for his decisions, based on solid information and analysis. Bob has a knack for asking the right questions at the right time, and he always respects the one giving the response. He is fiercely loyal to the University of Illinois, despite his Iowa roots, and the College of ACES. He also cares genuinely for the mission of this college to benefit the citizens of Illinois and the world. Bob operates from the philosophy that outstanding scholarship will flourish when support is given to the best talent, doing important work, aimed at the right problems. He has an eye for excellence, and he lets people do their work, whether in academics or in management.

For those of us who have known him for a long time, as an agricultural economist, as head of the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, or as Dean, Bob is famously soft-spoken. In fact, we often strain to hear him, but his quiet voice conveys authenticity that you can rely upon. Not a man of many words, each one is carefully considered. No matter how you may know him, doctor, professor, dean, or simply Bob, the Dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, Robert J. Hauser, will be missed in the halls of Mumford. We salute you, Bob, and we bid you well in your ensuing career.

Hauser and Vogen