J. Robert Cooke, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, was a member of the University Faculty for 32 years prior to his election as Dean of the University Faculty. He also served as Director of Instruction for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Speaker of the Faculty Senate, Faculty Trustee, and University Marshall (presiding at Commencement).
During his term as Dean, he kept the Faculty informed on all issues within the scope of the faculty’s responsibilities, i.e. Distance Learning, the reorganization of the Division of Biological Sciences, Computer Sciences, and Scholarly Publishing, among others.
Professor Cooke retired and was named Professor Emeritus on September 1, 2005.