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Dec 13, 2016 Dateline Staff
Dean Dillard gains new term on California State Board of Food and Agriculture.

Dean Helene Dillard visits nutrition students at their booth at the UC Davis Farmers Market. (Jason Spyres/UC Davis)
Gov. Jerry Brown last week reappointed Dean Helene Dillard to the California State Board of Food and Agriculture. Dillard, a UC Davis alumna, has led the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences since 2014.

Brown appointed her to the food and agriculture board in 2015; her new term runs until January 2020. The 15-member panel, representing a broad spectrum of California agriculture, serves in an advisory capacity to the governor and the secretary of the state Department of Food and Agriculture.

Dillard, a plant disease expert, had a 30-year career at Cornell University (professor, associate dean and head of Cooperative Extension) before returning to UC Davis, where she earned a master’s degree in soil science in 1979 and a Ph.D. in plant pathology in 1984. She completed her undergraduate work at UC Berkeley.

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