CSU names new leader for Department of Animal Sciences

Jul 22, 2011
by WLJ

Kevin R. Pond, an expert in beef-cattle nutrition and 15-year chair of the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at Texas Tech University, will join Colorado State University (CSU) Aug. 15 as new head of the Department of Animal Sciences.

Pond, who helps run a fifth-generation family cattle ranch in the Texas Panhandle, brings experience in teaching, research and administration at three other public research universities to the largest department in CSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

“I am extremely pleased that Dr. Pond has accepted my offer to become head of the Department of Animal Sciences. His career and leadership experiences fit hand-in-glove with the department’s long-standing expertise, our work to prepare agricultural leaders, and our focus on science with a purpose,” Craig Beyrouty, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, said.

“Dr. Pond has demonstrated his ability to connect teaching, research and outreach activities with critical constituents, including industry partners, and this will be vital to our ongoing success,”

Beyrouty said.

The Department of Animal Sciences, with about 20 tenure and tenure-track faculty members, has nearly 800 students; these students are about equally split between studies in food-animal sciences and equine sciences.

“I’m very much looking forward to being at CSU because I think I have the background and skills to move the department where everyone wants it to go,” said Pond, who was born in Denver and whose father and three children all have focused their careers and academic studies on animal sciences.

Pond will replace William R. Wailes, who has led the department for about nine

years and will transition to a new role focusing on fundraising for a major renovation of the CSU Animal Sciences Building. Earlier this year, Wailes was inducted into the Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame, an honor akin to a lifetime-achievement award that recognizes statewide contributions to agriculture.

Pond earned his bachelor’s degree in animal science from Cornell University and his master’s and doctoral degrees in animal nutrition from Texas A&M University.

His wife, Janice Pond, will be working in the USDA Rural Development office in Denver, CO. — WLJ