Vermont Tech Appoints Director for Agriculture Institute

Randolph — Chris Dutton has been appointed director for the Institute for Applied Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Tech. Dutton, an agriculture professor, has worked at the college since 2005.

The institute serves the applied and technical research and education needs of industries related to agriculture, food production, waste disposal and energy production in New England. It is initially funded by a $3.4 million U.S. Department of Labor grant.

The institute will serve as a collaborative program involving the college’s food systems resources, including the dairy farm, equine center, market garden, orchard, maple sugaring operation, dairy and produce production facility, food hub business incubator, and anaerobic bio-digester.

In his new role, Dutton will provide program leadership and advocate for the institute as an educational tool in New England and beyond.

While employed at Vermont Tech, Dutton developed and implemented the bachelor’s program in diversified agriculture, and taught several different agriculture courses. While serving as interim academic dean in 2010, he managed academic operations for approximately 75 full-time faculty, numerous adjunct faculty and 1500 students.

An experienced veterinarian, Dutton holds a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and an undergraduate degree from Middlebury College. As Director of the Institute, he will represent Vermont Tech at state, regional and national meetings and serve as a leading expert on agriculture and food systems. — Staff report