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Source: So. Dakota State Univ. news release

Dr. Joe Cassady has been selected as the new Animal Science Department Head at South Dakota State University, pending the approval of the South Dakota Board of Regents. His appointment is effective June 22, 2013. Dr. Cassady previously served as Executive Director of the Beef Improvement Federation.

"I am very excited that a person of Dr. Cassady's outstanding background and qualifications is joining our team. He has not only excelled as a researcher and teacher, but has also provided exceptional service to the food animal industry in multiple outreach capacities," said Barry Dunn, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences and Director of SDSU Extension.

Joe Cassady received his Ph.D., in Animal Science in 1999 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He also received his master's in Animal Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his bachelor's in Animal Science from Iowa State University in 1993.

As the Head of the Department of Animal Science at SDSU, Cassady will provide effective management of the department; provide leadership to develop and maintain strong, relevant research, teaching, and extension programs stressing excellence across the programs.

He will provide leadership to establish goals and objectives for the department and build strong working relationships; recruit, evaluate and retain faculty, SDSU Extension Field Specialists, staff and students; develop and manage budgets; coordinate department fundraising efforts; oversee management of departmental facilities; represent the department in all official communications with the college and university; foster and build strong working relationships with other disciplines and stakeholders.

Prior to joining the faculty at SDSU, Cassady was the Executive Director of the Beef Improvement Federation, served as an Associate Professor in Animal Science at North Carolina State University, was an Assistant Professor in Animal Science at North Carolina State University and worked as a Research Associate in Genetics and Breeding for the Agricultural Research Service with the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the Meat Animal Research Center, in Nebraska.

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