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New ag dean at Maryland begins work

September 06, 2005

The University of Maryland's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has a new dean, Dr. Cheng-i Wei.

"I'm enthusiastic about the opportunities that are available to both the college and Maryland's diverse agricultural industries," Wei said.

"And I hope to start meeting and getting to know not only our faculty, staff and students on campus, but also our alumni and friends throughout the state."

Wei earned a B.S. in biology from the Tunghai University of Taiwan in 1970, an M.S. in medical microbiology from National Taiwan University in 1972, and a Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of California-Davis, in 1979.

Before coming to the University of Maryland, he was professor and associate dean for research and graduate studies of the College of Human Environmental Sciences at Oklahoma State University.

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He was also interim head of the Department of Nutritional Sciences.

Before his appointment in Oklahoma, Wei was the Bruno Professor and head of the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at Auburn University in Alabama for more than four years.

There, his accomplishments included the department's participation in three of the university's seven "peak of excellence" programs: Detection and Food Safety, Cell and Molecular Biosciences, and Poultry Science and Technology.

He was also at the University of Florida, in Gainesville for 17 years. During that time, he served for four years as the southern region director of the USDA/CSREES IR-4 Program on Minor Use Pest Management.

Wei's research interests are in food safety and microbiology, toxicology and immunotoxicology.

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