Dr. Wendy Powers
Dr. Powers joined WSU in August 2022. She currently serves as the dean of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences with a faculty appointment in the Department of Animal Sciences. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University before moving to Florida to work on a dairy farm. While in Florida, Powers completed graduate work at the University of Florida. Following completion of a PhD program, she started her career as an assistant professor/extension specialist in the Animal Science Department at Iowa State University working in environmental issues related to livestock production. After 10 years, Dr. Powers moved to Michigan State University for another 10 years as a full professor/extension specialist and director of environmental stewardship for animal agriculture (College of Agriculture, Animal Science and Biosystems & Agriculture Engineering) during which time she spent four years as the first director of the Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute for MSU Extension. In 2016, Powers became the Associate Vice President, Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) at the University of California overseeing county-based Cooperative Extension, twelve statewide programs and institutes, and nine Research and Extension Centers for the University of California system.