Dean, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Ronald L. Hendrick is dean of the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR).
Hendrick, a Spartan alumnus, served as interim vice president for agricultural administration and interim dean for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Science at The Ohio State University (OSU).
Prior to that, he was senior associate dean and director of the School of Environment and Natural Resources at Ohio State University. Dean Hendrick started his career at the University of Georgia, where he was associate dean for academic affairs in the D.B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. He was also graduate program coordinator for UGA’s School of Forestry and was a founding co-director of the Consortium of Pine Productivity Studies.
Hendrick earned his bachelor and doctoral degrees from MSU in forestry and forest ecology, in 1986 and 1992, respectively. He was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks from 1992-1993.
His research has focused on forest ecosystem productivity and element cycling, especially below ground, and various aspects of ecosystem restoration and reclamation. His teaching experience includes leading a number of study abroad programs in the South Pacific, including New Zealand, Australia, Fiji and Antarctica.
At OSU, Hendrick led the creation of a comprehensive master plan for college facilities that totaled $350 million and had encompassed more than 300 physical structures, two campuses and nearly a dozen outlying research and outreach stations. He has also led successful fundraising efforts to raise and mobilize more than $20 million in capital funds to improve facilities, and an $80 million multi-stake holder effort to re-envision the college’s animal populations.