Muthusamy Manoharan has been named interim dean/director of 1890 research and Extension programs for the School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Manoharan replaces Edmund Buckner who has taken a position with Alcorn University, according to a news release.

Manoharan will provide leadership for three academic departments as well as research and outreach programs in the school. For the past two years, he served as interim assistant dean for research and Extension for SAFHS.

From 2013-2015, Manoharan was director of UAPB’s Regulatory Science Center of Excellence. Prior to that position, he was the graduate coordinator for the master’s program in agricultural regulations and led active biotechnology research in the Department of Agriculture.

“Dr. Manoharan led UAPB’s Sweet Potato Foundation Seed Program’s efforts that gained its recognition by the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service as one of seven national centers in the National Clean Plant Network for sweet potatoes,” according to the release. “Since coming to the university, he has successfully collaborated with other researchers nationally and regionally that resulted in $16 million in research and teaching grants.”

A native of Tamilnadu, India, Manoharan has a bachelor’s degree in botany from the University of Madras, Madras, India, a master’s degree in botany from Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, India, and a doctoral degree in botany from Karnatak University, Dharwad, India.

“I’m excited about having the opportunity to serve as interim dean/director of the School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences,” Manoharan said. “We have strong departments that have developed outstanding teaching, research, outreach and Extension programs.”