John Hammel will step down as the dean of the University of Idaho's College of Agricultural and Life Sciences this month after nine years, the university said Friday.
Hammel will pursue full-time teaching and research opportunities, the university said.
An internal search will begin immediately for an interim dean, with a national search for a new dean to follow. I have greatly appreciated the time that I have served as dean," Hammel said. "In spite of some challenging times, we have seen advances with our partners around the state. I look forward to returning to my teaching and research roots within the department of plant, soil and entomological sciences. Specifically as a soil scientist, I am excited about resuming efforts in the area of crop and tillage systems. Hammel joined the university in November 1982 as a professor of soil physics after serving on the faculty at the University of Georgia in Athens. He was appointed dean in January 2004.