Department Head Dr. Bill Dayton to Retire

This summer Dr. Bill Dayton shared the news of his plans to retire.  For 42 years, Dr. Dayton has consistently and passionately delivered nothing but excellence in teaching, superb leadership, and support of the mission of CFANS. He will be greatly missed.

Dr. Dayton earned both a bachelors in animal science and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Iowa State University. He accepted an assistant professor position in the department of animal science at the University of Minnesota in 1975 moving through the tenure and promotion process to full professor in 1985. His research emphasis in animal growth biology utilizes molecular biology and muscle cell culture methodologies to study the regulation of muscle growth during embryonic and postnatal growth of economically-important animals. He has secured several million dollars in grants for his highly successful research program.

During his entire tenure, Dr. Dayton has taught the undergraduate Animal Growth and Development course; additionally, he organized a cooperatively-taught, on-line, graduate-level Animal Growth and Development course involving professors from four different universities. Students from 10 universities have participated in this course. It was not uncommon for Dr. Dayton to be advising more than 40 undergraduate students at a time.

His extensive and varied leadership responsibilities include director of graduate studies in animal sciences since 2008, serving on the college Graduate and Research Policy and Review Committee, and Directors of Graduate Studies Committee. He designed and leads the department's mentoring program for new faculty. He chairs the department's seminar committee and served as chair of the department's Faculty Consultative Committee.

A reception will be scheduled for a future date. In the meantime, the department and college have begun a nationwide search for the position. The search committee for that position is being led by Department Head and Professor of Agronomy and Plant Genetics Nancy Ehlke and includes a number of animal science department faculty and staff.


Thank you Dr. Dayton for your service and dedication to our deparment!