Timothy C. Faller is Director of the NDSU Agroecosystems Research Group. Tim served as Director of the NDSU Research Extension Center at Hettinger for thirty eight years prior to retiring and from that job and becoming half time Assistant Director of the NDSU Experiment Station. His office is located at the USDA-ARS Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory at Mandan, North Dakota.
His responsibilities include fostering collaborative relationships between NDSU and the Laboratory. Special emphasis is given to bio-mass energy production and attracting new grant funded scientists to the location to research biomass production from field to fuel.
Tim views the opportunity presented by developing systems thinking and research efforts associated with enhancing the individual strengths of the USDA/ARS, Research Extension Centers statewide and the North Dakota State University Agricultural Experiment Station as being immense. Developing a vision that creates a feeling of a safe haven is critical as islands are joined by bridges to create a peninsula. Many times the element of change is the biggest hurdle to making progress.
Tim and his wife, Kathy, live north of Bismarck and they have three children, two of which reside in North Dakota and one in Wisconsin. Tim enjoys hunting, fishing, golfing, and old vehicles.