Executive Dean's Cabinet

Photo: Robert M. Goodman. Robert M. Goodman
Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Executive Dean, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Executive Director, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
848-932-3600
Martin Hall, Room 104
execdean@aesop.rutgers.edu

Executive Dean Goodman provides leadership and oversight for the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. He works closely with university leaders to develop and implement strategic initiatives that reflect and advance the university's research, education, and outreach missions.

Photo: Gail Alexander. Gail Alexander
Chief of Staff, Office of the Executive Dean
848-932-3501
Martin Hall, Room 104
alexander@aesop.rutgers.edu

Gail Alexander is responsible for the overall management of the functions and leadership team within the Office of the Executive Dean. She also provides strategic oversight and coordination of stakeholder relations.

Photo: Margaret Brennan-Tonetta. Margaret Brennan-Tonetta
Associate Director, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
Director of Economic Growth and Development, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
Associate Vice President for Economic Development, Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate and Professional Education
848-932-3776
Martin Hall, Room 111
brennan@njaes.rutgers.edu

Margaret Brennan-Tonetta is responsible for the development and implementation of new economic development initiatives at NJAES such as the Rutgers Food Innovation Center, as well as administrative oversight of existing programs such as the Rutgers EcoComplex, Center for Advanced Food Technology, the Multispecies Aquaculture Demonstration Facility and the NJAES Technology Transfer program. She also provides economic assessments and operational recommendations for NJAES programs.

Photo: Gregory DiLalo. Gregory DiLalo
Director of Information Technology
848-932-4111
ASB II, Room 162
dilalo@aesop.rutgers.edu
Website  |  Personnel

Greg DiLalo is responsible both directly and indirectly for all Information Technology facilities, human resources, infrastructure, policies, and compliance at both the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Serving as the chief technology officer to the Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources, he oversees the operation of the Office of Information Technology Services (ITS), all activities related to the management of computing and communications hardware, as well as enterprise and departmental class server administration, applications development, and end-user desktop support for voice, video, and personal computing. Greg represents the school and experiment station on several standing university IT committees dealing with architectures, human resource classifications, procurement programs, special initiatives, etc. and directly manages enterprise cluster operations and the administrative storage area network.

Photo: Paul Elwood. Paul Elwood
Associate Dean of Academic Personnel
848-932-3550
Martin Hall, Room 116
elwood@aesop.rutgers.edu
Website  |  Personnel

Paul Elwood is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the Office of Human Resources which serves the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. He develops and implements the policies and procedures associated with human resource functions and is also responsible for administrative leadership and support for all matters related to the hiring, reappointment, promotion, and tenure process for faculty. In addition, Paul is responsible for the interpretation and enforcement of employment terms covered by collective bargaining agreements and serves as a university representative in personnel-related activities including affirmative action, grievances, and harassment compliance.

Photo: Lisa Estler. Lisa Estler
Associate Dean of Planning and Budgets
848-932-3575
Martin Hall, Room 101
estler@aesop.rutgers.edu
Website

Lisa Estler serves as the Chief Financial Officer and financial liaison for the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. She is responsible for the oversight and management of all budgets, financial operations and fiscal resources for all departments, centers, institutes, and stations within the school and experiment station. She is charged with the direction, analysis, reporting, and control of all business/financial funds; develops operating plans for personnel, space, physical plant construction, renovation, and facility resources; manages and monitors all funds available to the school and experiment station. As a member of the Executive Dean's Office, Lisa serves as an advisor to support individual faculty members, department chairs, center directors, and deans in strategic management of their resources as well as ensures efficient and effective utilization of all funds to best support the strategic goals of the school and the experiment station.

Photo: Peter Gillies. Peter Gillies
Director, New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health
848-932-3500
CAFT Bldg., Room 122
director@ifnh.rutgers.edu
Website

Peter Gillies is the founding director of the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health. The institute builds on Rutgers' extensive and pioneering work in the fields of agriculture, food science, nutrition science, and human health. The institute, one of the primary initiatives of the university, focuses on society's pressing challenges in cardio-inflammatory disease, cancer, and obesity.

Photo: Michael J. Green. Michael J. Green
Director, Office of Communications
848-932-4201
ASB II, Room 172
green@aesop.rutgers.edu
Website  |  Personnel  |  Org Chart (PDF)

Mike Green is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Office of Communications. He ensures that organizational communication needs are met and new communication tools are developed, implemented, evaluated, and reengineered as necessary to meet our clientele's needs. As part of the Executive Dean's office, Mike works with university units, the school, and the experiment station to ensure greater organizational coordination, consistency, and clarity of all communication.

Photo: Bradley Hillman. Bradley Hillman
Senior Associate Director, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
Director, Research
848-932-3777
Martin Hall, Room 113
hillman@njaes.rutgers.edu
Website

Brad Hillman is responsible for research programs and resources associated with NJAES. His office ensures effective use of federal formula funding through Hatch, multistate, and McIntire-Stennis programs and of state resources directed to NJAES. He also oversees intellectual property associated with NJAES scientists, such as plant variety patents and royalties. Various NJAES centers and research farms are also coordinated through his office.

No Photo Available. Thomas Leustek
Associate Dean of Academic Administration and Assessment, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
848-932-3000
Martin Hall, Room 211
thomas.leustek@rutgers.edu

Photo: Larry S. Katz. Larry S. Katz
Sr. Associate Director, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
Director, Cooperative Extension
848-932-3591
Martin Hall, Room 309
katz@njaes.rutgers.edu
Website

Larry Katz leads all Cooperative Extension programs. Rutgers Cooperative Extension helps New Jersey's diverse population to adapt to a rapidly changing society and improve their lives and communities through an educational process that uses science-based knowledge.

Photo: Richard D. Ludescher. Richard D. Ludescher
Dean of Academic Programs, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
848-932-3000
Martin Hall, Room 216
ludescher@sebs.rutgers.edu
Website  |  Personnel

Rick Ludescher is responsible for all undergraduate and graduate programs, budget, and general administration for the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.

Photo: Xenia K. Morin. Xenia K. Morin
Assoc. Dean and Liaison for Sponsored Programs, Office of Grants Facilitation
848-932-3502
Martin Hall, Room 104
xmorin@sebs.rutgers.edu
Website

Xenia Morin leads the Office of Grants Facilitation. She is responsible for the advancement of all external competitive funding opportunities and has principal oversight of grantsmanship training and consultation, grant accounting and management, matching packages, endorsement forms, and faculty development. She also links individuals and teams from the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, other university units, and beyond with appropriate funding opportunities to help facilitate the intellectual exchange that defines the best research programs.

Photo: Diana M. Orban Brown. Diana M. Orban Brown
Director, Office of Alumni and Community Engagement
848-932-4215
ASB II, Room 157
orban@aesop.rutgers.edu
Website

Diana M. Orban Brown heads the Office of Alumni and Community Engagement and its Discovery Initiative designed to amplify public events of the school and experiment station to enable diverse audiences to experience and become more fully engaged in the work of the university. Her audiences include alumni, students, faculty, staff, retired faculty and staff, and stakeholders of all kinds who wish to be connected to the learning and sharing of the school and experiment station.

Photo: Mark Robson. Mark Robson
Dean of Agricultural and Urban Programs, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
848-932-6276
Foran Hall, Room 304A
robson@sebs.rutgers.edu
Personnel

Mark Robson develops and implements degree and non-degree undergraduate and graduate programs in entrepreneurial and innovative education in the agricultural sciences. Mark is also responsible for the Office of Continuing and Professional Education, the Agricultural Leadership program, and the IR-4 Minor Use Pesticide program. Mark is a tenured professor and extension specialist in the Department of Entomology as well as a professor of environmental and occupational health in the UMDNJ School of Public Health. Mark also serves as the Director of the Thai Fogarty ITREOH Center.

Photo: Elisabeth Sikes. Elisabeth Sikes
Secretary of the Faculty
848-932-3257
IMCS Bldg., Room 114D
sikes@imcs.rutgers.edu

Liz Sikes is the secretary of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences faculty. As secretary she conducts committee and departmental chair elections. She is responsible for preparing agenda and distributing minutes for faculty meetings. Liz is a faculty member in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences specializing in paleoceanography and carbon cycling.

Photo: Rachele Sylvan. Rachele Sylvan
Director, Office of Financial and Business Administration
848-932-3792
Martin Hall, Room 109
sylvan@aesop.rutgers.edu
Website  |  Org Chart (PDF)

Rachele Sylvan serves as the chief business officer and controller for the school and the experiment station. Rachele designs financial and business solutions to policy and operational problems that have significant impact on all academic, research, and extension programs at the school and the station. In addition, she provides advice, counsel, and training on all school and station financial and business matters. Rachele is responsible for the development, implementation, and integrity of all necessary state, federal, and internal reporting systems. She oversees the administration of the station's state appropriation, the federal Hatch and Smith/Lever appropriations, and all other financial resources belonging to the school and station. She also directs and manages units responsible for school wide accounting and payroll processes and transactions.

Photo: Barbara J. Turpin. Barbara J. Turpin
Dean for Undergraduate Education for the George H. Cook Campus
848-932-3625
Cook Campus Center, Room 127
turpin@njaes.rutgers.edu

Barbara Turpin is the Campus Dean for Cook Undergraduates, advisor for the SEBS Governing Council, and a professor in the Department on Environmental Sciences on G. H. Cook Campus. Dean Turpin works closely with students, faculty, and staff to create lively, cohesive, diverse, but inclusive communities on campus. She facilitates the implementation of academic and social programs for students, such as leadership breakfasts and research mixers.

Photo: Paula Walcott-Quintin. Paula Walcott-Quintin
Executive Communications Specialist, Office of Communications
848-932-4204
ASB II, Room 164
quintin@aesop.rutgers.edu

Paula Walcott-Quintin is responsible for internal and external communications related to the Office of the Executive Dean, including speeches and presentations as well as provides content, input, and feedback on major Office of Communications publications, including annual reports. She also provides writing and editorial support for web spotlights and for the Newsroom.

Photo: Kelly Watts. Kelly Watts
Associate Dean for Development
848-932-3576
Martin Hall, Room 104
watts@aesop.rutgers.edu

Kelly Watts works with the dean to determine fundraising goals and priorities for the school and the experiment station. She designs the overall development strategy; develops short and long-term programs and initiatives; works with departments, deans, and directors in preparation for cultivation and solicitation opportunities; and works with alumni, volunteers, faculty, staff, and students to promote development efforts for the school and the experiment station.

Photo: Lily Y. Young. Lily Y. Young
Dean of International Programs, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
848-932-6383
Foran Hall, Room 308B
lyoung@sebs.rutgers.edu

Lily Young is engaged in expanding the international agenda for the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. This includes increasing the opportunities for undergraduates to spend a semester or summer abroad in programs that fit within their curriculum and enhance their educational goals, highlighting and supporting the many international activities among the faculty that already exist within the school, and cultivating an international community at the school. She serves as a resource for students and faculty seeking information on international opportunities. She is a faculty member in the Department of Environmental Sciences and specializes in environmental microbiology.


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