U of M may meld agriculture, biology colleges

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The University of Minnesota may create a new college combining agriculture, life sciences and the environment,

It would combine the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences with the College of Biological Sciences.

A university statement says the possibility has been discussed for a while. But the announcement was prompted by Wednesday’s announcement of Robert Eide’s retirement as dean of biological sciences, and Allen Levine’s earlier decision to step down as dean of the agricultural school.

Provost Karen Hanson has put searches for new deans on hold, and will appoint a task force to study the proposed consolidation.

She says students won’t see any disruptions in their current schedules, majors or services in either college.

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