Irwin Goldman, professor of horticulture and UW-Madison faculty member since 1992, has been appointed Vice Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. In his new position, he will oversee faculty hiring and development efforts, manage the college”s research division, and assist the Dean in strategic planning and launching new initiatives.
Goldman brings considerable administrative experience to the job. For the last year he has served as Interim Executive Associate Dean during the period of transition between the retirement of Dean Elton Aberle and the recent appointment of Dean Molly Jahn. Prior to that he served as Interim Assistant Dean and then Interim Associate Dean in the College”s research division.
“Irwin has shown a remarkable commitment to advancing and broadening the College”s research portfolio. His highly successful academic career has focused on areas that incorporate elements of both production agriculture and the life sciences. And he has a strong interest in connecting the College to the community. His academic and administrative background and the energy and outstanding personal qualities he brings to this position will serve the College extremely well,” said Dean Jahn.
Goldman”s academic interests center on breeding and genetics of carrots, onions and beets, with an eye toward important traits related to disease resistance and medicinal and nutritional properties. He has taught a variety of classes, including Evolutionary Biology; Principles of Plant Breeding, Techniques of Plant Breeding; and World Vegetable Crops.
His voice is familiar to listeners of Wisconsin Public Radio, where he and colleague James Nienhuis are regular guests – the “Vicars of Vegetables” – on Larry Meiller”s noontime advice program.
Goldman earned his doctoral degree from the College”s agronomy department, his master”s degree from North Carolina State University and his bachelor”s from the University of Illinois.