By Zac Hoppenstedt, Graduate Research Assistant
This spring K-State’s Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources (HNR) assembled a search committee to identify candidates for a new Professor of Sustainable Horticultural Food Crop Production. I was fortunate to be invited and serve as the student representative on the committee. This new faculty member will be based on our Manhattan campus. The position offers a variety of opportunities including: the chance to develop new coursework, provide leadership at the Willow Lake Student Farm, and work with K-State researchers across the state. The position was publically advertised starting in July and applications were accepted through the first week of October. The pool of applicants came from across the country as well as internationally.
After careful deliberation and several rounds of interviews, our search committee narrowed the field down to four qualified candidates. They have just recently wrapped up their in-person visits to the OHREC and K-State's main campus. The committee was impressed by the quality of applicants and expect our new professor to be on campus early next year.
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