Dean Minton

Dean and Director Minton in Field

J. Ernest Minton, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Agriculture
Director, K-State Research and Extension

About Dr. Minton

As the chief academic and administrative officer for the College of Agriculture, Dean  Ernie Minton is responsible for developing and implementing the strategic direction of the college and  K-State  Research and Extension.

Under his leadership, the college reached  $88 million in annual research expenditures  in 2019  and  its Innovation & Inspiration Campaign private fund-raising goal of $120 million.  Currently,  Minton  is leading college-level planning for major infrastructure improvements and renovations for key college facilities.

A  proud career K-Stater, Minton first joined the faculty in the Department of Animal Sciences and Industry in 1983 and  was  named professor in 1995. During his tenure in the department, he served in various leadership roles including graduate program director and research coordinator.

Minton was interim associate director of research and technology transfer for the Kansas Agriculture Experiment Station from 2008-2009 and associate director of research and technology transfer for the Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station from 2009-2016.  Between  2016-2018, Minton served as the college’s associate dean of research and graduate programs and associate director of research for K-State Research and Extension. In 2018, he was named interim dean,  and a year later he became permanent dean of the College of Agriculture and director of K-State Research and Extension.

Minton currently chairs the Experiment Station Committee on Organization and Policy’s Budget, and Legislative Committee for the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities' Board on Agricultural Assembly. Dean Minton is on the board  of directors for Kansas State University Research Foundation and chairs the Kansas State University Radiation Safety Committee.


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