Meet the Dean | College of Agriculture and Life Sciences | The University of Vermont(title)

Leslie V. Parise has served as dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at UVM since May of 2020. As dean, she has implemented a five-year strategic plan for the College, which encompasses research, teaching, and continued improvements to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

Dean Parise’s tenure has brought an increased focus on expanding the research base of the college, hiring outstanding new faculty, and providing cutting-edge educational opportunities to our undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows, as well as community learners who take advantage of the many educational opportunities offered by UVM Extension. She works actively across CALS and UVM to foster relationships, expand innovative scholarship, enhance excellence in teaching, and nurture a sense of belonging and community for all our trainees, faculty, and staff.  

Dean Parise serves as the principal investigator of the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Cooperative Agreement that established the UVM Food Systems Research Center, a collaborative partnership between UVM and the USDA to support transdisciplinary research on small- to medium-sized farms and food systems in Vermont and the Northeast. 

Prior to joining UVM, Parise was chair of the faculty and professor and chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was a prolific researcher in cardiovascular disease and cancer. She holds a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago and a B.S. in Chemistry and Biology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Parise has a deep history in conducting innovative research, mentoring students, and working with biotech companies. 

If you speak with Dean Parise, she will surely tell you how excited she is to be in Vermont. Outside of work, you can find her hiking, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing with her husband, or spending time with her children and grandchildren.