Chairs of Department of Animal Science in Last 90 Years

The Department of Animal Science, originally the Division of Animal Husbandry, originated in Berkeley in 1901. The division moved to Davis in 1908 and 1909 and later (in 1926) became the Department of Animal Husbandry. The department's name changed to Animal Science in 1967. For the first 25 years (1901-1926) we were known as Division of Animal Husbandry. For next 41 years (1926-1967) we were known as Department of Animal Husbandry. And now for last 49 years (1967-present) we are known as Department of Animal Science.

The department was housed in the spacious offices and historic atmosphere of Hart Hall from 1920 to 1987. In that year the department moved to UCD Food and Agricultural Sciences Building, which was renamed on April 15, 1989 as Mayer Hall after the legendary Animal Science professor, Dr. James H. Meyer, a faculty member and department chair, went on to become dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and chancellor of the campus for eighteen years. 

Since 1926, when we became Department of Animal Husbandry, we have had 18 chairs. Two of them, Bradford and Heitman, served twice. The rest served only one time. The longest period belongs to George Hart, the first Chair of Department of Animal Husbandry, for 22 years!

George H. Hart
1. George H. Hart, Chair of Department of Animal Husbandry for 22 years, 1926-1948.

Elmer Howard Hughes
2. Elmer Howard Hughes, Chair of Department of Animal Husbandry, 1948-1951.

Harold H. Guilbert
3. Harold H. Guilbert, Acting Chair of Department of Animal Husbandry in 1951.

Harold Harrison Cole
4. Harold Harrison Cole, Chair of Department of Animal Husbandry, 1951-1960.

Harold Goss
5. Harold Goss, Acting Chair of Department of Animal Husbandry, 1956-1957, while Harold Cole was on leave.

James H. Meyer
6. James H. Meyer, Chair of Department of Animal Husbandry, 1960 – 1963.

Hubert Heitman
7. Hubert Heitman, Jr., Chair of Department of Animal Husbandary, 1963 – 1968.

Magnar Ronning
8. Magnar Ronning, Chair of Department of Animal Science, 1968 - 1973.

Eric Bradford
9. Eric Bradford, Chair of Department of Animal Science, 1973-1978.

Ranson Leland (Lee) Baldwin V
10. Ranson Leland (Lee) Baldwin V, Chair of Department of Animal Science, 1978 - 1981.

Hubert Heitman
11. Hubert Heitman, jr., Interim Chair of Department of Animal Science, 1981-1982.

Robert Touchberry
12. Robert Touchberry, Chair of Department of Animal Science, 1982-1987.

William N. Garrett
13. William N. Garrett, Chair of Department of Animal Science, 1987-1990.

Eric Bradford
14. Eric Bradford, Chair of Department of Animal Science, 1990 to December 1992.

Edward Price
15. Edward Price, Chair of Department of Animal Science, January 1993 to 1998.

 Gary Anderson
16. Gary Anderson, Chair of Department of Animal Science, 1998-2005.

Mary Delany,
17. Mary Delany, Chair of Department of Animal Science, 2005-2009.

Anita M. Oberbauer
18. Anita Oberbauer, Chair of Department of Animal Science, 2009-Present.