Dean of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
Russell C. Redding has served as the dean of the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences since February 2011. 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.
Prior to joining the College, Redding served as Pennsylvania’s secretary of agriculture where he led the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture in all aspects of program implementation, administration, policy development, advocacy and federal farm policy development. A part of the Department’s leadership team since 1995, he previously provided oversight and guidance as a deputy secretary.
Dean Redding has extensive experience as a public servant, having spent more than 20 years serving Pennsylvania in Harrisburg and in Washington D.C. Through his work as the student organization coordinator with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Dean Redding provided leadership to the Pennsylvania FFA Association, and as a member of the Department of Labor & Industry’s executive staff, Dean Redding helped shape policies that kept Pennsylvania businesses thriving and bolstered the state’s workforce.
He served as agricultural policy advisor and executive assistant to U.S. Senator Harris Wofford, providing leadership to the agriculture industry for the state and the nation. In this role, he was able to support Pennsylvanians on critical issues such as economic development, community service and national agriculture policies.
In 2005, Dean Redding was named an Outstanding Alum by his alma mater, Penn State. He was also a Pennsylvania State FFA Officer, serving as vice president for the agricultural education organization. In recognition of his support, Dean Redding has been awarded the Honorary Keystone Degree and the Honorary American Degree. In 2009, the Pennsylvania FFA Association recognized him for his 30 years of committed service to the organization. Redding was named an Honorary Master Farmer in 2012.
A native of Pennsylvania, Redding has an innate understanding of production agriculture, stemming from his youth on his family’s dairy farm and his time as a dairy farm operator, with his wife Nina. He currently serves as Chair of the USDA Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture.
He resides in Adams County with her and their sons, Garrison and Elliot, where the family is active in the Upper Adams 4-H Club.
B.S. in agriculture and extension education, The Pennsylvania State University
M.S. in agriculture and extension education, The Pennsylvania State University