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College Administration

College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources Dean, Indrajeet Chaubey

Indrajeet Chaubey, Ph.D.

Dean and Director


Dean's Assistant: Virginia White





Dean's Message

Welcome to the College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources. As the founding college of the University of Connecticut, we are committed to the land grant mission by providing a world class education to our students; discovering new knowledge through basic and applied research to solve complex challenges in food and agricultural production; food safety and security; the health of humans, animals, plants and soils; and creating a sustainable environment for current and future generations and taking the knowledge we create to help the citizens of Connecticut and beyond. In summary, our faculty and staff work on problems that matter to our everyday quality of life!

We are committed to providing life-transforming education to all students through close mentoring, hands-on and service learning experiences, research opportunities, and internships. We strive to be a strong partner to Connecticut through innovative teaching and research done by our faculty, resulting in workforce and economic development and through extension outreach programs that help Connecticut communities in each of our 169 cities and towns.

Our strategic priorities include ensuring a vibrant and sustainable agricultural industry and food supply, enhancing health, fostering sustainable landscapes, and advancing adaptation and resilience in a changing climate. I am always keen to discuss with our stakeholders how we can form synergistic partnerships and achieve excellence in our mission areas of teaching, research, and extension outreach. I invite you to let us know how CAHNR can continue to provide leadership in addressing challenges that are vital to us in the state, regionally, nationally, and globally.

Go Huskies!

Indrajeet Chaubey
Dean and Director
College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources

Dean Chaubey’s BIO

Dr. Indrajeet Chaubey was appointed Dean of the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources on March 1, 2019. He also serves as the Director of the Connecticut Cooperative Extension System and the Storrs Experiment Station. He came to UConn from Purdue University where he enjoyed a distinguished career in teaching, research, and administration for more than 12 years. At Purdue, he held a number of positions including associate Dean and Director of International Programs in the College of Agriculture, Head and Professor in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, and Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

Chaubey is an internationally recognized researcher in the field of ecohydrology and nonpoint source pollution. His research over the years has focused on the lack of clean water in many parts of the world. Simulation models and tools that he has developed help guide policy and decision makers, watershed managers, conservation specialists, and farmers.

He has published more than 475 research articles, including 140 peer-reviewed journal articles and 190 technical papers at conferences, and has served as the principal investigator or co-investigator on 55 research projects with grant support totaling more than $40 million.

Chaubey was named a fellow by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers in 2017.

Prior to his tenure at Purdue, Chaubey was a faculty member at the University of Arkansas from 2000 to 2006 and a research scientist at the University of Alabama from 1998 to 2000.

He earned his doctoral degree in biosystems engineering from Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree from the University of Arkansas. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Allahabad in India.


Associate & Assistant Deans

Sandra Bushmich

Sandra Bushmich

Associate Dean of Academic Programs & Director of the Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture


Administrative Assistant: Kathleen Wells

Alicia Huckle, Assistant Dean of Finance and Administration

Alicia Huckle

Assistant Dean for Finance & Administration

CAHNR Business Office

Michael P. O'Neill, Associate Dean of Extension

Michael P. O'Neill

Senior Associate Dean for Outreach & Diversity & Associate Director for UConn Extension

Administrative Assistant
: Marilyn Gould

Kumar Venkitanarayanan

Kumar Venkitanarayanan

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education & Associate Director Storrs of the Agricultural Experiment Station

Administrative Assistant: Marilyn Gould

Department Heads

Bonnie Burr, Department Head of Extension

Bonnie Burr


Ji-Young Lee, Department Head of Nutritional Sciences

Ji-Young Lee

Nutritional Sciences


Oak Leaf

Lindsay DiStefano


Dean's Staff

Amy Chesmer

Senior Director of Development

Phone: 860-486-1763

Email: achesmer@foundation.uconn.edu

Erika Glebocki

Associate Director of Alumni Relations

Phone: 860-336-6238

Email: eglebocki@foundation.uconn.edu

Jessica McBride, Ph.D.

Director of Communications

Phone: 860-486-3336

Email: jessica.mcbride@uconn.edu

Virginia White

Dean's Assistant

Phone: 860-486-2918

Email: virginia.white@uconn.edu