Dr. Olga Bolden- Tiller named new Dean of College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences (CAENS) and 1890 Research Director, effective January 1, 2022.
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Dean of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences
Dean Walter A. Hill requested, and has been granted, retirement from the Deanship/1890 Research Director/1890 Extension Administrator positions, effective January 1, 2022.
He is stepping down after 34 years as Dean of the College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences (CAENS). His service from November 7, 1987, to November 7, 2021, gives him the distinction of having the longest tenure as a dean int he history of Tuskegee University.
Dr. Hill will continue to serve as the Professor and Vice Provost of Land Grant Affairs and Community Economic Development, and Director of the USDA- funded Center of Excellence for Small Farmer, Rancher, Landowner and Food Systems, Rural Prosperity, and Environmental Sustainability.
Hill also joins the company of several other individuals with long service records as a dean at Tuskegee University:
- - Dr. Lillian Harvey (Dean of Nursing, 25 years)
- - Dr. Theodore Williams (Dean of Veterinary Medicine, 25 years)
- - Dr. Walter Bowie (Dean of Veterinary Medicine, 18 years)
- - Dr. Lawrence Potts (Dean of Applied Sciences, 18 years); and,
- - Dr. Bennie D. Mayberry (Dean of Applied Sciences, 17 years)
Dr. Hill's successor, Dr. Olga Bolden- Tiller, will assume the deanship of the College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences (CAENS) and 1890 Research Director, effective January 1, 2022.
She is currently Professor and Head of the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Assistant Dean for Development in CAENS.
Bolden-Tiller is a graduate of Fort Valley State University. She has a Ph.D. in Animal Sciences from the University of Missouri-Columbia and has done post-graduate work in Academic Leadership at the University of Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Prior to her employment at Tuskegee University in 2006, she served as a Visiting Scientist at the University of Texas-MD Anderson Cancer Center, an adjunct faculty member in the Houston Community College System, and as support faculty and Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Texas- MD Anderson Cancer Center.
At Tuskegee, she has worked herself up through the ranks from assistant professor to full professor and finally head of the department. She is a successful grant writer and has written and coordinated grants ranging from $52,000 to $20 million.
She was recently appointed to serve on the Blue-Ribbon Panel for Enhancing Coordination Between Land-Grant Universities and Colleges, organized by the National Academies of Sciences Engineering and Medicine, on behalf of the USDA.