University of Maryland Extension

Meet Dean Beyrouty

Dr. Craig Beyrouty, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Maryland.

Dr. Craig Beyrouty officially started on November 1st as Dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Maryland. In this role, he will also serve as Director of University of Maryland Extension and the Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station.

To introduce Dean Beyrouty to faculty, staff, students, alumni, stakeholders and friends, the College of AGNR will be hosting receptions at three different locations throughout the state

The dates and locations are:

December 1st

3:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center

7801 Alumni Drive, College Park, MD 20742

December 14th

3:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Western Maryland Research and Education Center

18330 Keedysville Road, Keedysville, MD 21756

December 18

3:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Elks Club Lodge #1622

502 Dutchmans Lane, Easton, MD 21601

Please email with your name and the date/location you are planning to attend.

About Dean Beyrouty:

Dean Beyrouty has been involved in teaching, research, and extension for more than 35 years. He joins the University of Maryland from Colorado State University, where he most recently served as dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences. In that role, Dr. Beyrouty was the chief administrative and academic officer for the college, leading and overseeing the college’s programs, budgets, and related activities, including resident instruction, research, outreach, and international activities.

"I am honored to join the prestigious faculty and staff in the University of Maryland's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources," says Dr. Beyrouty. "I look forward to helping shape a college that will meet the developing public needs and opportunities of the future in agriculture, families, natural resources and the environment."

Dr. Beyrouty concurrently served as director of the Agricultural Experiment Station for Colorado State University, which operates research centers in eight locations throughout Colorado and provides broad-based funding for agricultural-related research.

Previously he held positions as professor and head of Agronomy at Purdue University and professor at the University of Arkansas. He has led and participated in international research, teaching and administrative activities all across the world, in places such as Rwanda, Tokyo, Madrid, and Moscow, among many more.

Dr. Beyrouty is a fellow of the Soil Science Society of America and the American Society of Agronomy.  He has served as vice chair of the International Rice Root Working Group and president of the Plant Root Environment Working Group.  In 1983, he received the George Scarseth Research Award.

Dr. Beyrouty earned his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in soil chemistry from Purdue University and a B.S. in soil science from Cal Poly State University.  Prior to pursuing graduate studies, he mapped soils for the Soil Conservation Service and was a research scientist for Castle and Cooke Foods in Illinois.

Dean Beyrouty succeeds Dr. Cheng-i Wei, who served as dean of the College of AGNR for ten years before stepping into a new role as director of the college’s international programs office.

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