Fellows Cohort 3

Jo Britt-Rankin

Associate Dean, Program Director, Human Environmental Sciences Extension, University of Missouri (Appointed one of five Mizzou Advantage faculty facilitators from the University of Missouri. She will represent “Food for the Future”, one of five strategic assets identified by the University)

Tim Cross

Associate Dean, UT Extension, University of Tennessee (Served as Dean of the University of Tennessee (UT) Extension; (Currently serving as Chancellor, University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture)

Faye Dong

Professor and Department Head, Food Science and Human Nutrition, University of Illinois at Champaign (Emeritus)

Jonathan Edelson

Professor and Department Head, Entomology and Plant Pathology, Oklahoma State University, (Currently serving as Professor and Assistant Director, Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station) (Emeritus)

Richard Griffin

Department Head and Interim Research Director (Currently serving as professor and research scientist), Prairie View A & M University

Parker Hall

Group Manager, (Served as Director of the NASSB group) Campbell USA R&D (Currently serving as Vice President of Research & Development, Perdue Farms Inc.)

Steve Hanson

Department Chairperson and Professor, Agricultural Economics, Michigan State University (Served as Professor and Dean, International Studies, Currently serving as Associate Provost and Dean for International Studies and Programs)


Associate Dean and Associate Director for Research, Manoa College of tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, University of Hawaii (Currently serving as Professor)

Nancy A. Irlbeck

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Agricultural Sciences, Colorado State University (Currently serving as Comparative Animal Nutritionist, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Animal Science, Washington State University)

Pete Jacoby

Associate Dean for Outreach, College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) and Agricultural Program Director for Washington State University Extension, (Currently serving as Professor in Department of Crop and Soil Sciences) Washington State University

Jane Kolodinsky

Professor, Chair and Co Director, Community Development and Applied Economics (Currently Serving as Interim Associate Dean) University of Vermont

Jess Lowenberg-DeBoer

Associate Dean and Director, International Programs in Agriculture, (Currently serving as College of Agriculture Professor of Excellence in International Entrepreneurship, Department of Agricultural Economics) Purdue University

Don Marshall

Associate Dean –Ag & Bio Sciences- Academic Programs, South Dakota State University (Served as Acting Dean and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education) (Deceased)

M. Ray McKinnie

Associate Dean and Administrator for Extension and Outreach, Cooperative Extension Program, North Carolina A & T State University (Currently serving as Dean for the College of Agriculture at the Virginia State University

Benjy Mikel

Professor and Head, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion, (Served as Associate Vice President for International Programs and Executive Director of the University’s International Institute) Mississippi State (Preciously worked at WPF Technical Services.  Currently working at John R. White Company, Inc in business development)

Mike Mullen

Associate Dean for Academic Programs, University of Kentucky (Formerly served as Vice Chancellor and Dean for Academic and Student Affairs; currently serving as Director of Soil Science Graduate Programs, Professor of Soil Science, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, at North Carolina State University)

Shiretta Ownbey

Associate Dean For Academic Programs and Services, College of Human Environmental Sciences, Oklahoma State University

Sam Pardue

Department Head, Poultry Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (Served as Associate Dean and Director for Academic Programs) North Carolina State University (Formerly served as Dean of the College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences at the University of Georgia; currently serving as Director of FSLI)

Pamela Price

Section Manager, Pediatric Nutrition Science and Research, Abbott Laboratories (Emeritus)

Denise Smith

Professor and Chair, Department of Food Science and Technology, The Ohio State University (Currently serving as Professor in the School of Food Science at Washington State University) (Emeritus)

Ora Spann

Professor of Management, Business Division,(Currently working as Executive Director for the Rural Community and Workforce Development, Inc.) South Carolina State University

Eric Young

Executive Director, Southern Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors

Lydia Zepeda

Professor, Department of Consumer Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Emeritus)