FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Colorado State University recently tapped Ajay Menon as dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences to drive innovation and entrepreneurship within the state’s agricultural industry.
The Indian American will become the college’s next dean beginning July 1.
Menon served for the last 13 years as the dean of the College of Business, where he recruited faculty and created programs that have helped propel that college to the top-ranked business school in Colorado.
As the state’s first chief innovation officer — a cabinet-level position appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper — Menon played a pivotal role in cultivating a business ecosystem that promotes entrepreneurship and innovation in Colorado.
Menon joined CSU in 1991 as a member of the marketing faculty in the College of Business. During his time in the classroom he was named “Professor of the Year,” and he has served as a consultant for several leading companies in Colorado. Menon was named dean of the business college in July 2002.
Menon was appointed the state’s first chief innovation officer in 2011, a post he held until 2013. He was involved in the creation of COIN, the Colorado Innovation Network, and continues to serve on its board.
Menon has agreed to serve for the next three years as the dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, which offers nine undergraduate majors with 28 different concentration options as well as 39 graduate degree programs.
Its faculty and researchers are national and international experts and leaders in food crops, food safety, human-disease prevention, livestock and the environment, renewable energy, risk management, and organic agriculture.
Menon holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Bombay, an MBA from the University of Texas, and a doctorate from the University of North Texas.
His teaching and research expertise is in international marketing, new product development, management and strategic market planning.