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Delaware Valley University Names New Dean of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences

Courtesy: Dr. Broc A. Sandelin. Dr. Broc A. Sandelin.

Mar 21, 2018

Dr. Broc A. Sandelin has been named dean of The School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at Delaware Valley University. Dr. Sandelin comes to DelVal from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where he served as chair of the Animal and Veterinary Sciences Department and interim chair of the Human Nutrition and Food Science Department. The University selected Dr. Sandelin, who will start in mid-June, after a national search. 

“Dr. Sandelin’s strong background in teaching and research will enhance the experience of our students,” said DelVal President Dr. Maria Gallo. “I look forward to working with Dr. Sandelin as we develop and implement our new strategic plan for the University.” 

Dr. Sandelin joined California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, in 2005. He served as an associate professor before becoming chair of the Animal and Veterinary Sciences Department in 2010. Dr. Sandelin has served in additional interim leadership roles while continuing to serve as department chair, including serving as interim director of the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center, a campus breeding facility, and interim chair of the Human Nutrition and Food Science Department.

As a department chair, he was responsible for strategic planning, assisting with fundraising, curriculum development, and assessment. He also led recent facilities upgrades including a remodel of student farm dorm rooms, classrooms, and offices at the livestock-teaching units; a remodel of the swine facility; and upgrades to the sheep and beef units. He was recognized twice with the Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award in recognition of his dedicated service to students. To encourage and inspire young people to enter careers in agriculture, Dr. Sandelin has given numerous 4-H and FFA talks. His research has examined topics such as how feed impacts animal health and how genes influence animal behavior.

“I am honored to be selected for this position, and I am excited to join the DelVal family and The School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences,” said Dr. Sandelin. “I look forward to working with the faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the community as we continue to provide students with an outstanding experiential learning environment and prepare them for the many exciting careers in the agricultural and environmental science fields.”

As dean, Dr. Sandelin will oversee all academic-related matters for the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, including program development, evaluation, faculty development, strategic planning, and budgeting.

Dr. Sandelin earned both his M.S. and his Ph.D. in animal science from the University of Arkansas.