While in departmental and college leadership roles, Kate VandenBosch developed an interest in leading change. She will trace the journey that led her to a deanship at the University of Wisconsin, where institutional planning and change management have necessitated personal growth as well.
About the speaker:
Kate VandenBosch became dean of the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences in 2012. Prior to that, VandenBosch was a professor of plant biology at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, where she was head of the plant biology department for ten years. In 2006, she served as interim dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. She was also active in university governance, culminating with service as chair of the executive committees of the Faculty Senate and the University Senate.
VandenBosch’s research has focused on the development, plant-microbe interactions and nitrogen fixation in legumes. Prior to her tenure at the University of Minnesota, VandenBosch was a faculty member at Texas A&M University for 12 years. She holds a B.A. in biology from Kalamazoo College, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in botany from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and spent time at both UW-Madison and the John Innes Institute in Great Britain as a postdoctoral associate.
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