Little has served the UK
College of Agriculture for 27 years and has been its dean for 12 years. He also is
director of the Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station and director of the Kentucky
Cooperative Extension Service.
9, 2000 (Lexington, Ky.) Elisabeth
Zinser, chancellor of the University of Kentucky Lexington campus, announced that C. Oran
Little will retire as dean of UKs College of Agriculture effective Sept. 30, 2000.
Little will be 65 in July and is eager to pave the way for new leadership of the college,
which offers services throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky. A search for his successor
will begin immediately.
has served the UK College of Agriculture for 27 years, and has been the colleges
dean since July 1, 1988. He also is director of the Kentucky Agricultural Experiment
Station and director of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, and he is a professor
of Animal Sciences. He will retire from these posts as well.
Being part of a dedicated faculty and staff, an energetic and inquiring student
body and a clientele with high expectations has provided excitement and great
satisfaction, Little said. The College of Agriculture has a strong tradition
of family in developing opportunities and in responding to challenges. I am
confident new leadership will keep us on that track.
Little has given many years of service to the University of
Kentucky College of Agriculture. In addition to 12 years as dean and director, he served
on the faculty of the UK College of Agriculture early in his academic career. He began at
UK in 1960, and progressed through the ranks to full professor in 1967. For 15 years,
1969-1985, Little served as associate dean for research and associate director of the
Kentucky Agriculture Experiment Station. In 1985, he became vice chancellor for research
at the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center and director of the Louisiana
Agricultural Experiment Station. He returned to Kentucky to head the college, Agricultural
Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service in 1988.
During his tenure as dean and director, the colleges
academic, research and extension programs have provided invaluable services to the
Commonwealth of Kentucky and have gained substantially in national and international
Little said some of his most gratifying accomplishments at
the college include improved technology, modernization of the way in which the Extension
service meets the needs of people across the state, and growth of the faculty and student
have gained great respect for Dean Little by watching his strong support and inspiration
of faculty, staff and students of the college, the sense of community he fosters in the
college, and the leadership he provides in the diverse agricultural communities of the
commonwealth, Chancellor Zinser said. While we will miss him on campus and in
his many leadership roles, we are glad that he and his wife, Myrtle, will remain in
Lexington close to their family and their university.
earned his bachelors degree in 1957 from the University of Houston and his
masters degree in 1959 and doctoral degree in 1960, both in animal nutrition and
biochemistry from Iowa State University.