Associated Press

RENO — There is a new dean at the University of Nevada, Reno’s College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources.

William Payne assumed his new role on Friday. He was selected after a national search and replaces acting dean Ron Pardini.

The Reno Gazette-Journal ( ) reports Payne comes to Nevada from Texas A&M University. He was a professor of crop physiology and director of a multi-institutional, $150-million research project to improve food security and livelihoods in arid areas of the world.

The program has eight field laboratories around the state.