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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 8, 2013 — Ron Rosati, Provost or Chief Academic Officer at Southeast Missouri State University, has been tapped to lead The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA) in Curtis. Rosati’s appointment was announced today by the University of Nebraska. Rosati has been Southeast provost since February 1, 2010.
The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, located in Curtis, Neb., was established in 1965 and is an institution within the University of Nebraska system. NCTA provides students with an agricultural education based on research critical to the economy of the state and the nation. The institution partners with the West Central Research and Extension Center to offer academic programs and research in areas such as animal and cropping systems.
“I have greatly appreciated the opportunity to work with the Southeast Missouri State University community during my tenure in Cape Girardeau. While I have sincerely enjoyed my tenure at Southeast and the accomplishments we’ve had during the past three years, I’m looking forward to combining my administrative, leadership and research skills in this new endeavor. The Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture offers the challenge of working closely with students and faculty in my primary academic discipline – agriculture, and also in workforce development, entrepreneurship and research.”
Academic programs at NCTA include four Associate of Applied Science degrees for students interested in directly entering the agricultural industry upon graduation, and the opportunity to transfer to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln for bachelor’s degrees in agriculture. The campus incorporates a 600-acre land and livestock laboratory adjacent to the campus in Curtis, along with the use of the 12,000-acre Gudmundsen Ranch and a 2,000-acre crop and animal research laboratory at the West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte. Additionally, Rosati will be provided with a residence on the campus grounds.
“We have appreciated the skills and strengths Ron has brought to the position of Provost at Southeast. We especially want to thank him for his leadership in the recent Higher Learning Commission Reaffirmation of Accreditation for our University. His background in agriculture and his experience in leading collaborations and partnerships will be a great benefit to the University of Nebraska system,” said Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast.
Rosati will begin his new position at NCTA on July 1st, pending final approval by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.
According to Dobbins, an interim provost will be appointed to serve during the next year while a national search is conducted.