Dr. Cyrus M. McKell, vice president of research for NPI, a scientific research organization, was named new dean of the Weber State College School of Natural Sciences. He replaces Dr. Helen James, who served as interim dean the past year.

McKell has been with NPI since 1981. Prior to that he served as director of the Institute for Land Rehabilitation at Utah State University, director of USU's Rockefeller Foundation, and head of the Range and Science Department at the school.He has also held a number of research and administrative positions at the University of California-Riverside, Oregon State University and the University of Utah.

McKell received bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Utah and a doctorate from Oregon State University. He served as an administrative officer in the United States Air Force.

An author of 200 publications, his prime area of research has been in the field of land resources ecology and rangeland plant physiology.

He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including a Fulbright research fellowship, Rockefeller Foundation Education Travel award, and the Phi Sigma honorary biological society among others.

The new dean has also consulted throughout the United States and in foreign countries such as Africa, Mexico, Australia, India, Argentina, Bolivia, China, Italy, Spain, Egypt, Israel and Malaysia.

He is a member of the Society for Range Management, American Society of Agronomy, Ecological Society of America, Western Society of Crop Science, Arid Lands Association, Phi Sigma Honor Society, Sigma Xi, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.