Harry Daniels has officially been named senior associate dean for administration for NC State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He’s been acting in the position since Feb. 1.
Dean Richard Linton announced the appointment this week, noting that Daniels brings substantial leadership experience at NC State to the important role. Daniels was named head of the Department of Applied Ecology in 2013. He also has been university director of the Southeast Climate Science Center, which fosters collaborative partnerships across the NC State campus on the topic of global change.
“We are very lucky to have attracted Dr. Daniels to this critical leadership position in CALS,” Linton said. “He is an experienced and dedicated leader, and he brings new and innovative ideas that we plan to implement to help our college grow. I feel very fortunate to have him by my side.”
In the weeks since Daniels became acting senior associate dean, he has sought to meet faculty and staff in all the departments and centers, both on-campus and at the off-campus units, to become familiar with their challenges and to understand how he can help them carry out the college’s research, teaching and extension missions.
“In the longer term, I plan to build on the momentum the college has gained from its reorganization and continue to improve our national standing,” he added. “Specifically, I think we can make significant progress in leadership development and diversity among the faculty and staff throughout the college.”
Daniels joined the CALS faculty in 1994 as an assistant professor and Extension aquaculture specialist. Before that, he’d been a shrimp hatchery manager and director of research and development for a private company in Ecuador and as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Gabon and Togo.
Daniels holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Loyola College in Baltimore as well as master’s and doctoral degrees in water quality from Auburn University. His research, teaching and extension work has focused on aquaculture of freshwater and marine species.
This post was originally published in College of Agriculture and Life Sciences News.