Interim Dean of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
Chris Tipping has served as the dean of the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences since January 2015. He provides leadership for all academic-related matters including program development, evaluation, faculty development, strategic planning, and budgeting. This includes oversight of the agronomy and environmental science, dairy science, large animal science, equine studies, horticulture, ornamental horticulture and environmental design, agribusiness, food science and management, and animal biotechnology and conservation program areas. In addition, he has administrative oversight of the agricultural production enterprises that support the academic mission, including horticulture, dairy, equine, livestock farms, Gemmill Farm, and the Roth Center for Sustainable Agriculture.
He has a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Delaware in Entomology/Plant Pathology and Systematics, respectively. His Ph.D. is from the University of Florida in the Entomology and Nematology Department where he studied insect disease vectors of plants. His post-doctoral experience includes research at the University of California Davis into the post-harvest management of pests of table grapes in California and at the North Florida Research Center (NFREC) working on the biological control of an invasive leaf hopper vector of several bacterial wilt diseases caused by Xylella fastidiosa.
At DelVal, Dr. Tipping teaches Biological Science I and II lecture and laboratory sections, Entomology, Invertebrate Zoology, Plant Pathology as well as Student Research. As head curator for the Arthropod Museum, he offers students the unique opportunity to experience the finer points of systematics, taxonomy, and curatorial techniques associated with museums. He is quite active on campus and has served as an assistant coach for Softball. Dr. Tipping is the advisor for the Ultimate Frisbee/Disc golf club and co-advisor to the Apiary Society. With the help of students and DelVal staff, he designed and created a nine-hole disc golf course on campus. At home football games he works as a member of the Chain Gang.
Ph.D. in Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida (Focus: insect disease vectors of plants)
M.S. in Systematics, University of Delaware
B.S. in Entomology/Plant Pathology, University of Delaware