About the College & useful resources

The Founding College of the University

The College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources is a founding college of this Land Grant University. The College has a long and distinguished record of fulfilling the tripartite mission of teaching, research and outreach programs benefiting the health and economic vitality of Nevada. The College's record of accomplishment and value to the State was affirmed by the 1997 Accrediting Team review that stated, "the College has developed into a high-quality teaching and research unit by any measure of achievement."

In an effort to be both relevant and accountable, the College has continuously and systematically reviewed and focused its programs in anticipation of the State's needs and the evolution of scientific discovery.


  • Improving the student experience through strengthening academic programs, encouraging a culture of diversity and international focus on campus, providing significant co-curricular experiences and enhancing the campus environment.
  • Building on our academic strengths to create new interdisciplinary academic opportunities, support the efforts of our excellent faculty, and improve the national and international visibility of our programs.
  • Assessing the outcomes of all our activities so that we know our strengths and weaknesses and can take effective steps to improve our performance.
  • Communicating effectively with our various stakeholders in the state, region and nation so that we can both respond to the needs of our society and tell our story better.
  • Cultivating support from a variety of sources so that the University can continue to flourish, even in a climate of limited state-appropriated resources.

Vision & Objectives

  • Educate. In pursuit of our mission to educate the citizens of the state and beyond, the University will improve the quality of its teaching, of student learning and of the student experience.
  • Explore. In order to carry out the mission of contributing knowledge and expertise to benefit society, the university will strengthen and publicize its scholarship, research and creative activity.
  • Engage. As a land-grant institution, the University of Nevada, Reno has a long tradition of productive engagement with the entire state. In the 21st-century, the nature of this "outreach" should broaden and remain characteristic of the institution.
  • Enable. Insufficient basic infrastructure, in the form of space, equipment, student support, technological support and staff is perhaps the major obstacle that the University of Nevada, Reno faces in its campaign to raise its stature and better fulfill its mission. Strengthening this aspect of the university is essential to achieving all of our other goals.
  • Enhance. Improvements in the campus environment will help the university better serve its multiple publics and provide the best education possible for its students. These issues involve students, faculty and staff.

Organizational chart

Historically, the College was associated with just academics and teaching and was lead by a dean. It now serves as the umbrella for three major units: academics, research and outreach/engagement. The dean provides the overarching leadership but delegates unit management to directors and department chairs.

  • Bill Payne Dean of College
    • Department Chairs
      • Tamzen Stringham AVRS Chair
      • Bob Ryan BMB Chair
      • Peter Weisberg NRES Chair
      • Jamie Benedict Nutrition Chair
    • Claus Tittiger Director of Academics
      • Juana Reynoza-Gomez Director of Advising, Recruitment & Retention
    • Ivory Lyles Director of Extension
      • Shannon Horrillo Associate Director of Extension
      • Holly Gatzky Northern Area Director
      • Eric Killian Southern Area Director
    • Chris Pritsos Director of Experiment Station
      • Bo Kindred Assistant Director
    • Shauna Lemieux Director of Communications
    • Mike McGrane Fiscal Officer
      • Verla Jackson Human Resource Manager
      • Deona Horton Assistant Fiscal Officer