K-State named a new leader for the College of Agriculture on Wednesday.

Ernie Minton, associate dean of research and graduate programs for the the college and associate director of research for K-State Research and Extension, will replace John Floros as the interim dean of K-State’s College of Agriculture and interim director of Research and Extension on July 1. Floros is leaving the position to become the president of New Mexico State University.

In the position, Minton will serve as the chief administrative officer for the College of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension. He will be responsible for program leadership, strategic direction, fiscal stewardship, fund development, policy formulation and assessing the impact of K-State’s Master Plan.

“As the nation’s first operational land-grant university, K-State must continue to lead the nation in agricultural research and outreach — a charge that Dr. Minton has been contributing to for more than 30 years,” said April Mason, provost and senior vice president. “Dr. Minton’s professional experience, leadership and optimism will serve the college and KSRE well in continuing progress in teaching, research and extension during this interim period.”

Minton, professor of animal sciences since 1995 and a member of the faculty since 1983, has served as interim associate director of research and technology transfer for the Kansas Agriculture Experiment Station from 2008-09 and associate director of research and technology transfer for the Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station from 2009-16.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the College of Agriculture and Kansas State University Research and Extension,” Minton said.

“I look forward to working with our students, faculty, staff and stakeholders to maintain our positive momentum through this interim period in preparation for a permanent dean and director.”