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Campuswide retirement reception for Lee Sommers May 10

May 8, 2013

College of Agricultural Sciences hosts a campuswide retirement reception for Lee Sommers from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, May 10, in the Lory Student Center, Cherokee Park Ballroom. CSU's President Tony Frank will offer send-off remarks at 4 p.m.

Lee SommersSommers is retiring after serving Colorado State University, state agriculture and our research enterprise for almost 30 years.

Guided and inspired

Friday, the College of Agricultural Sciences will bid farewell to Sommers, who has guided and inspired important research activities on campus and around the state.

Sommers joined the college in 1985 as a professor and head of the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences. He has filled the post of interim college dean during two administrative transitions. For the past 17 years, Sommers has directed the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station, supporting agricultural research across campus and overseeing high-impact work at seven research centers across Colorado. He also has served as associate dean for research in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

'Outstanding leadership'

"A great deal of credit for the success of our AES goes to its longtime director, Lee Sommers, who has provided outstanding leadership for the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station since 1996," said CSU President Tony Frank.

Sommers has exemplified the work of a contemporary land-grant university through their industry and academic collaborations, and through their support for research innovations that solve problems and advance agriculture in Colorado and beyond.