UC Davis named an interim dean of its agriculture school Monday, temporarily filling the seat left vacant by last month's resignation of longtime dean Neal Van Alfen.
Mary Delany, an expert in avian genetics and a former chairwoman of the university's Department of Animal Science, will serve as interim dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences until a permanent replacement is found.
Delany arrived at the university in 1995.
In a statement Monday, University of California, Davis, provost and executive vice chancellor Ralph Hexter called Delany "a distinguished researcher" whose appointment and long university tenure "ensure stability and continuity" at the agricultural school.
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