Jun 23, 2022

Coffee with the Dean- Local Agriculture Producers

Crossroads invites all local agricultural producers, agricultural partners, and support industries  to come to a morning coffee time with the new Dean of the Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences, Dr. Staci Simonich Monday July 18th at 7:30 am in the Downstairs Studio at Crossroads.  Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.  Dr. Simonich will introduce herself to start a robust discussion with local producers.  Hosting the new Dean is an honor and is a recognition of the critical role Agriculture plays in the gross domestic product of Baker County.  

"Crossroads is honored to host Dr. Staci Simonich for numerous events over the busy weekend.  We very much wanted this opportunity for the Dean to talk directly with producers and agricultural partners about the direction our state's "land grant" college and its critical Agricultural Science College will be taking in the years ahead.  Baker County is huge part of the agriculture in this state and we want locals to have some time to talk about industry needs and challenges directly with the Dean."  Ginger Savage, Executive Director  Crossroads Carnegie Art Center

Dr. Staci L. Simonich is Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS) and Director of the Oregon
Agricultural Experiment Station at Oregon State University (OSU). In addition, she is a Professor in
Environmental and Molecular Toxicology and Chemistry at OSU. Previously, Dr. Simonich held the
positions of Executive Associate Dean in CAS, Associate Vice President for Research Operations and
Integrity at OSU, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs in the College of Science, and Associate
Department Head in Environmental and Molecular Toxicology.
In addition to receiving her MBA from Oregon State University in 2020, Dr. Simonich received her Ph.D. in
chemistry from Indiana University in 1995. She completed APLU's LEAD 21 training in 2017 and the Higher
Education Resource Services Institute Leadership training, as a Clare Booth Luce STEM Scholarship
Recipient, in 2018. Prior to joining Oregon State University and the College of Agricultural Sciences in
2001, she worked in the consumer product industry with Procter & Gamble for 6 years. With over 120
peer reviewed publications to date, Dr. Simonich’s laboratory research focuses on understanding the fate,
chemistry and transport of pesticides and other semi-volatile organic compounds, as well as human and
environmental exposure to these pollutants. She received the Society of Environmental Toxicology and
Chemistry/Roy F. Weston Environmental Chemistry Award in 2001, the NSF Career Award in 2003, the
College of Agricultural Sciences Savery Outstanding Young Faculty Award in 2006, OSU’s Impact Award for
Scholarship in 2013, and OSU’s Excellence in Graduate Mentoring Award in 2015. Her research has been
published in Science, Nature, Environmental Health Perspectives, Environmental Science & Technology,
and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
During her tenure at OSU and CAS, Staci has mentored 30 Ph.D. and M.S. students and 24 undergraduate
students in her laboratory and has received several awards related to her mentoring of diverse groups of
OSU students and employees. Over her career, Dr. Simonich has received over $15M in extramural
funding from the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences,
Department of Defense, and Department of Interior and became a Fellow of the American Association for
the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2021.