New dean takes over at technical ag college in Curtis, Neb.

Dr. Ron Rosati

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. — When alumna from Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture arrive in Curtis next week for the 100th anniversary of the school, there will be a new face to welcome them back.

Dr. Ron Rosati arrived in town at the end of July to serve as the college’s new dean, replacing Dr. Weldon Sleight, who retired in 2012.

Before taking the job at NCTA, Rosati was provost at Southeast Missouri State. Previously, he served in several roles at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, including dean of the College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Services.

Early on, Rosati had decided that his future was in dairy farming.

“I thought it would be the best life,” he said. “I liked cows. I liked the smell of the place. I liked the work.”

Rosati worked his way through school as a dairy farmer, filling in for owners during vacations.

“My goal was a two-year school and then out,” he said. “That was all I wanted to do. I was like most of our students here. Once I got to college I liked it, and I realized those cows never stopped.”

Rosati received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cornell University and his doctorate in agricultural education from Iowa State University.

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