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The interim dean of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences will become the permanent dean early next year.

Tiffany Heng-Moss was appointed to the interim position overseeing the college after Steve Waller stepped down to lead the UNL Center for Grassland Studies last July.

Heng-Moss was previously in charge of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources' graduate education and enrollment programs.

Before that, Heng-Moss was an instructor in the Department of Entomology where she was awarded the University of Nebraska's Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award.

Her bachelor's degree in horticulture, and master's and doctoral degrees in entomology were all awarded by UNL.

"I am truly honored to be named dean," Heng-Moss said in a statement. "The goal of the college is to foster an inclusive environment that empowers our students to be difference makers on campus, across the state and around the globe.

"I look forward to continuing to partner with those in CASNR and the broader university community to make this a reality," she added.

Mike Boehm, vice chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, said Heng-Moss has "done a tremendous job" leading CASNR in the interim role.

"Tiffany is a nationally recognized teacher and scholar, and an amazingly collaborative innovator," Boehm said. "I am confident in her abilities to build upon the college's momentum and am very excited that she has accepted this leadership role."

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