The University of Arizona announced several administrative appointments of members of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences executive council. Eugene G. Sander will assume responsibility as acting executive vice president and provost May 28-June 30, 2007, while current provost George H. Davis will be on a well-deserved vacation. Effective July 1, 2007, and until a new provost can assume his or her responsibilities, Sander will be executive vice president and provost. His effective experience as vice president for outreach and dean in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will serve the University well in his new role. Colin Kaltenbach, currently vice dean, will assume responsibilities as dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, effective July 1, 2007 and until Sander returns to his appointment as dean.
Also, Colin Kaltenbach, director of the Agriculture Experiment Station and vice dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is the first recipient of the Charles H. Peyton Distinguished Research Administrator Award. The award, given by the UA Office of Vice President for Research, Graduate Studies, and Economic Development, recognizes a UA community member who best exemplifies sustained excellence in research administration. Kaltenbach has played a pivotal role in research administration, serving the University for over 20 years in major research assignments. He is also a leader in national and international research arenas, has served the United States Department of Agriculture in many capacities and recently was awarded the USDA Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service Hall of Fame award for his research leadership. He currently serves as president of the International Arid Lands Consortium.