CORVALLIS, Ore. - Oregon State University Provost and Executive Vice President Ed Feser Monday appointed Roy Haggerty, associate vice president for research, the dean of OSU's College of Science.

Haggerty, who served as associate vice president for research since August 2016, replaces Sastry Pantula, who stepped down as dean on Monday and will return to his appointment as a professor of statistics at Oregon State.

"Roy is a highly skilled and experienced administrator in addition to being an exceptional scholar," Feser said. "I look forward to working closely with him to advance the College of Science's goals as well as those of the university."

Feser credited Pantula for many accomplishments while serving as dean, including growing the profile of the College of Science; increasing the diversity of faculty and administrators; and strong gains in philanthropy serving the college.

Haggerty joined the OSU faculty in 1996 and specializes in hydrology, hydrogeology and echohydrology, and served previously as the Hollis M. Dole Professor of Environmental Geology. Prior to joining the university's research office, he served as interim dean for the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences beginning in October 2015. He also led the university's geology program from 2003-2006.

"I am pleased to serve the university as the new dean of the College of Science," Haggerty said. "Universities are one of the best things human beings have ever invented. Science plays a foundational role at every university, and I am committed to ensuring that OSU's College of Science continues its important work of teaching, research and discovery."

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By Annie Athon Heck, 541-737-0790, annie.heck@oregonstate.edu

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Roy Haggerty, 541-737-0663, roy.haggerty@oregonstate.edu