Interim associate director appointed for SD Agricultural Experiment Station

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BROOKINGS — Bill Gibbons has been appointed interim associate director for the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station.

“Dr. Bill Gibbons is an able leader who will continue building relationships with the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station’s external and internal constituents,” said Scholl, the interim dean of the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences. “In his role, Dr. Gibbons will help assure smooth operation of the SDAES as it continues to fulfill its research mission. His enthusiastic willingness to serve will have a great impact.”

With six field stations and more than 17,000 acres of land across the state devoted to scientific exploration, the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station at SDSU is the largest public and privately funded research organization in the state.

While serving as interim dean of the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, Scholl will remain the Director of SDAES, but the direct operational responsibilities will be carried out by Dr. Gibbons.

Gibbons, currently a professor in the Biology and Microbiology Department and director of the South Dakota Oilseeds Research Initiative at SDAES, has spent nearly 30 years of his career at South Dakota State University conducting research focused on bioprocessing.

“Even as an undergraduate at SDSU, I saw the value of multi-disciplinary research and the direct impact it has on solving problems for South Dakota agricultural producers, as well as the agriculture industry in general,” explains Gibbons, who as an undergraduate in the late 1970s and then as a graduate student in the early 1980s, participated in research which supported the early stage development of the ethanol industry. “Through SDAES’ research and collaborations we are able to create opportunities which have positive impacts on South Dakota’s agriculture industry and its people.”

To learn more about the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station visit www.sdstate.edu/aes/.