Luther Waters, dean of the Auburn University College of Agriculture since Jan. 1, 1999, has submitted his resignation, announced Interim Provost John Pritchett. Pritchett said Waters will move to a tenured, full professorship in the Auburn University Department of Horticulture.

“I want to thank Dr. Waters for his service as dean during an especially difficult time financially for Auburn and all of higher education,” said Pritchett. “We appreciate the many contributions he made in helping to advance the college and the agricultural industry in Alabama.”

Pritchett said an interim dean would be appointed in the near future.

“It is our intention to move expeditiously into a transitional leadership to move us ahead so that we can continuously serve the students, faculty and the stakeholders of the College of Agriculture and Auburn University,” he said.

Waters came to Auburn from his position as department head and professor of horticulture and crop science at The Ohio State University, where he had been since 1990. Prior to that, he served in various teaching and administrative positions at the University of Minnesota for 12 years and eight years as a horticulturist and research manager for Del Monte Corp.