Dr. Rolston St. Hilaire — recognized for his city water conservation background, analysis, group and
business help — has been named the brand new dean of the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and
Technology at Fresno State, efficient Sept. 15.
St. Hilaire beforehand spent 24 years within the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico
State University, the place he served as chair since June 2016 whereas overseeing the extension division since
“I’m pleased and excited to welcome Dean St. Hilaire. I’m confident that he will solidify the position of the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology as an undisputed ag leader,” stated Fresno State President Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval. “His vision of agriculture is deeply embedded within community and industry relationships, and strategic planning, and is focused on strengthening Fresno State’s research, innovation and grants. Dr. St. Hilaire has demonstrated a special rapport with community and industry members that will be vital in helping our University shape the next generation of agricultural leaders, feed and clothe our growing region and world, and secure our fruitful and productive future.”
St. Hilaire was named a Regents Professor, New Mexico State’s highest school award, in 2020 for his excellent contributions and service. Under his management, the division elevated its scholar recruitment, enrollment, mentorship and retention, in addition to school help, analysis and fundraising efforts.
He has additionally acquired New Mexico State’s campus analysis and discovery award for his nationally recognized city environmental water conservation efforts. As a college member, he taught lessons tied to environmental plant biology, decorative crops and panorama design, irrigation and upkeep. His analysis has been tied to superior sensing strategies in cropping techniques, plant molecular ecophysiology and land cowl mapping.
“I am pleased to join the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, which has deep and
extensive connections in the nation’s leading agricultural community,” St. Hilaire stated. “Fresno State has
transformed the lives of its constituents. I envision that the Jordan College will continue along a transformative
journey that will benefit today’s agricultural leaders.”
His imaginative and prescient and administration expertise has been tapped for management roles on New Mexico State’s strategic planning committee and as chair of its institutional evaluation board. Since 2003, he has served as director of New Mexico State’s Research and Engineering Apprenticeship Program that pairs highschool minority college students for summer season internships with science, know-how, engineering and math school.
St. Hilaire fostered the event of the Southwest Harvest for Health program that partnered Extension grasp gardener applications and an space most cancers middle.
He can be an American Society for Horticultural Science fellow, a nationwide board of director member and a state
board of panorama architects member.
St. Hilaire succeeds Dr. Dennis Nef, who’s retiring after assuming the function of dean in July 2019. Nef guided
Fresno State in prior administrative roles from 2003 to 2019, together with as vice provost, interim provost and
affiliate dean of undergraduate research. He started his 39-year profession at Fresno State as agricultural enterprise
school, and later served as a division chair, affiliate dean and interim dean earlier than his latest return as
The transition coincides with one other milestone in 2002 — the one centesimal anniversary of the primary campus agricultural
lessons. Today, the Jordan College’s 2,000 college students make the most of hands-on coaching by six departments, three
analysis facilities and a 1,000-acre University Agricultural Laboratory that serve the business’s technical and
Prior to St. Hilaire’s arrival on the Hispanic-Serving Institution in Las Cruces, Mexico, he acquired his doctoral
diploma from Iowa State in 1998 and his grasp’s and bachelor’s levels from the University of Puerto Rico,
Mayagüez. Each diploma was within the horticulture discipline, and he acquired his division’s prime of the category award
as an undergraduate.
He additionally acquired common agriculture coaching on the University of Trinidad and Tobago at its Eastern Caribbean
Institute of Agriculture and Forestry. His expertise studying about livestock, crop product and farm
administration might be tapped in serving to coordinate the Fresno State farm’s 19 items used for instructing, analysis
and business and group outreach efforts.
“I feel honored to be the next dean of the Jordan College, and, at the same time, I am extremely eager to join
the excellent team at Fresno State,” St. Hilaire stated.