Ernie Minton has been named interim associate director of research and technology transfer for K-State Research and Extension. He assumed those duties Feb. 25.
Minton has been on the K-State faculty since 1983 and most recently has been a professor in K-State's Department of Animal Sciences and Industry. In the ASI department, his duties have been split between research and teaching. He also has served as the graduate program director and research coordinator.
In his new role, he will oversee research programs under the K-State Research and Extension umbrella.
"We very much appreciate Dr. Minton's willingness to take on this responsibility," says Fred Cholick, dean of K-State's College of Agriculture and director of K-State Research and Extension. "His research background makes him well qualified to lead our research teams."
Minton earned a bachelor's degree from Western Kentucky University and master's and Ph.D. degrees from Oklahoma State University.
His research focus has been on mucosal immunology and stress physiology of swine. In addition, he has been involved in a collaboration looking at anti-inflammatory effects of dietary omega-3 fatty acids in horses.
Minton's most recent teaching responsibilities have been at the graduate level. In 2004, he was recognized with the College of Agriculture's Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award.
As interim director of research for K-State Research and Extension, he succeeds Forrest Chumley, who left the university Feb. 15 to take an industry position.
A national search will be conducted for a permanent director of research in the coming months.