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Taylor names new dean

Taylor University has named Dr. Grace Ju Miller as the new Dean of the School of Natural and Applied Sciences, and will begin serving as dean on June 1, 2018.

She replaces Dr. Bill Toll, who is retiring at the conclusion of the 2018 spring semester. Miller holds a PhD in Plant Physiology and Horticulture from Purdue University, a master’s in Plant Physiology and Agronomy from the University of California-Davis, and a bachelor’s in Botany and Art from Duke University. She currently serves as Professor of Biology and College of Arts and Sciences faculty chair at Indiana Wesleyan University.

– Staff reports 

NTSB: Pilot struggled to control plane

ROSSVILLE (AP) — Federal investigators say the pilot of a plane struggled to regain control of the aircraft before it crashed into a central Indiana farm field, killing all three people aboard.

The National Transportation Safety Board says in a preliminary report into the Feb. 22 crash that pilot Nathan Saari told an air traffic controller the Cessna 441 Conquest Turboprop was “out of control” shortly after takeoff from Eagle Creek Airport in Indianapolis, bound for Green Bay, Wisconsin.

The report says Saari also reported control problems to a controller in Chicago.

The plane crashed just north of the small town of Rossville, about 60 miles northwest of Indianapolis.

The crash also killed John T. Pagel, owner of Kewaunee, Wisconsin-based Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy, and his son-in-law, Steven Witcpalek.