CORVALLIS - Thayne Dutson, dean of the nationally top-ranked College of Agricultural Sciences and director of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station at Oregon State University, officially retired from Oregon State University June 30.

Dutson has been dean of the college since November 1993 and director of the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station since 1987. He holds the Reub A. Long Professorship.

Dutson has overseen significant expansion of the college's education and research roles, many of them in collaboration with other organizations. These include design, construction, and program expansion of the OSU Seafood Laboratory in Astoria-a partnership with the Seafood Consumer Center there-and establishment of the Food Innovation Center in Portland, in collaboration with the Oregon Department of Agriculture. Also during his tenure, the college has won designation as the home of a new Marine Mammal Institute, and as western regional headquarters for the national Sun Grant program.

"Although he has served during challenging economic times for higher education, Thayne has guided the College of Agricultural Sciences to sustained excellence both in discovery of new knowledge and in education and technology transfer. Our students on campus and the state's many agricultural producers, food industries, and natural resource managers across the state are among the many beneficiaries," said OSU President Ed Ray.

Thayne Dutson thanked the people he has worked with and given him advice through his years at Oregon State University. Dutson spoke at a reception held for him on June 30, 2008 to honor his retirement as the Dean of Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences. Wearing proudly the Beavers' football team color, Dutson also let out one last "Yee haw" at the end of his speech. The reception was held at OSU at Corvallis, Ore. Video by Elaine Shein, Capital Press. (www.capitalpress.com) Phil Ward shares Thayne Dutson stories

When Thayne Dutson attended a reception on June 30, 2008 to honor his retirement as the Dean of Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences, several speeches were given to honor him. Phil Ward, Director of Oregon Water Resources Department, shared a few stories - including how a speeding Dutson once had to navigate around some cows on the road. The reception was held at OSU at Corvallis, Ore. Video by Elaine Shein, Capital Press. (www.capitalpress.com)

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