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Introducing the new Head of Department

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Sean Fox has agreed to serve as the next head of the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. 

Dr. Fox comes to the University of Illinois from the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University after completing a 22-year career as an outstanding researcher and educator. He also served as interim head at KSU from 2005-2006. Dr. Fox leads a competitively funded research program in applied consumer economics, agricultural marketing, and experimental economics. He has also taught several high quality courses including International Trade, Agricultural Policy, Applied Econometrics, Futures Markets, and Managerial Economics. He brings outstanding experience in online course development and delivery, which will be highly beneficial to the expansion of program delivery efforts in the department.  

I extend a deep debt of gratitude to Dr. Darrel Good and then Dr. John Braden for serving as interim heads of ACE when Dr. Paul Ellinger transitioned to the Provost’s Office in April of this year. Dr. Good and Dr. Braden did a stellar job of guiding the department over the last nine months, and I am extremely grateful to them for their thoughtful, supportive leadership approach.  They have done an outstanding job of creating a smooth transition for the incoming head to assume the leadership role of a truly exceptional department. Please join me in thanking Darrel and John for their tremendous efforts during the interim period.

Dr. Fox is a dynamic individual with excellent interpersonal communication and leadership skills. He brings excellent experience, a vision for success, and an inclusive approach to leadership that will help propel the department towards a brilliant future. I am looking forward to working with Dr. Fox to create the next level of excellence in ACE. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Fox into the ACES family. 

Pending approval by the Board of Trustees, Dr. Fox will begin serving in the role of Head of ACE on January 20, 2017.


Dr. Kim Kidwell, Dean