The Plant Pathology and Microbiology Department recently held a celebration to honor Thomas Baum's 15 year term as it's chair. Baum recently announced that he is turning over this role to Dr. Gwyn Beattie, who will serve as interim chair until a permanent chair has been chosen. Dr. Greg Tylka will serve as interim associate chair. The departments of Plant Pathology and Microbiology and Entomology have made plans to join into one department, to be chaired by a new faculty member to be named after a national search. Dr. Baum has served as chair of the department since 2005. He is looking forward to re-joining his role as full time faculty member in the department.