The University of Manitoba has announced the appointment of Dr. Karin Wittenberg as the new Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences.
The first female dean in the faculty’s history, Wittenberg is a professor in the Department of Animal Science and had served as Acting Dean since Dr. Michael Trevan stepped down in July. She has also served as the faculty’s Associate Dean (Research) and head of the animal science department.
With a Ph.D. from the U of M in ruminant nutrition, Wittenberg’s research has focused on sustainable animal production systems. She helped establish the National Centre for Livestock and the Environment and the Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre at the U of M’s Glenlea Research Farm.
Outside of the school, Wittenberg is a member of the Dairy Farmers of Canada and Pulse Canada research advisory committees, and previously served on Western Grains Research Foundation’s research advisory committee and as a director for the Prairie Improvement Network.
Her appointment is for a three-year term starting January 1st, 2015.