Ken Odde head of Kansas State University's Department of Animal Sciences and Industry. He will take on his new duties Feb. 26, 2007.

Odde has been a professor and director of North Dakota State University's Beef Systems Center of Excellence since June 2005. The center is a public-private partnership designed to increase cattle feeding and processing in North Dakota. Prior to that, he served as head of North Dakota State's Department of Animal and Range Sciences.

The new department head also has been a manager of cow-calf technical services at Pfizer Animal Health and worked as a senior veterinarian with the Livestock Technical Services division of SmithKline Beecham-Pfizer Animal Health.

Prior to those positions he was on faculty at Colorado State University from 1983 to 1994, in a teaching and research position specializing in beef cattle reproduction.

Odde received an animal science degree at South Dakota State University, earned a DVM degree from Kansas State in 1982 and a doctorate degree in Reproductive Physiology at the college in 1983.

He succeeds Janice Swanson, who served as interim department head for two years.

Source: Kansas State University