INSIDE IOWA STATE
November 30, 2001
Woteki to begin in Ag dean post in January
by Steve Sullivan
Catherine O'Connor Woteki, senior research scientist with the College of
Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Maryland, College
Park, and former under secretary in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was
named dean of the College of Agriculture Nov. 20. She will begin her post at
Iowa State in January.
Woteki also holds appointments in nutrition and food safety at the
University of Nebraska and at the Joint Institute for Food Safety and
Applied Nutrition, University of Maryland.
Her research interests are in food safety and nutrition policy, chronic
disease prevention and population health surveillance.
"The College of Agriculture at Iowa State has so much to contribute to Iowa
and the nation," Woteki said. "I'm really looking forward to this
opportunity to work with our students and faculty and to provide Iowa
farmers with the research and support that is so important to their
President Gregory Geoffroy said he is delighted with Woteki's appointment.
"Her background in education and government service, and her broad
leadership experience within the USDA, will be invaluable assets for the
College of Agriculture and the university as a whole," he said. "She also
has a national reputation in food safety, an important and growing area of
emphasis at Iowa State."
A nutritional epidemiologist, Woteki served from 1997 through last January
as the first under secretary for food safety in the USDA. In that capacity,
she was responsible for developing U.S. food safety policies through the
President's Council on Food Safety and the Codex Alimentarius Commission.
She also was responsible for the national safety of meat, poultry and egg
products under the regulatory authority of the Food Safety and Inspection
Woteki served as deputy undersecretary for research, education and economics
at the USDA (1996-97), where she led strategic planning activities. She was
deputy associate director for science in the White House's Office of Science
and Technology Policy (1994-96).
Woteki also served as director of the food and nutrition board of the
National Academy of Sciences/Institute of Medicine, and in other positions
with federal offices.
She received the B.S. (1969) in biology and chemistry from Mary Washington
College, Fredericksburg, Va.; and M.S. (1971) and Ph.D. (1974) in human
nutrition from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Woteki will succeed Richard Ross, who has been serving a two-year
appointment since July 2000. David Topel, who was Agriculture dean for more
than a decade, stepped down from the position in early 2000.
"This was a very important search for Iowa State University and the state of
Iowa," said provost Rollin Richmond. He expressed appreciation to vice
provost for extension Stan Johnson, who led the search, and to Ross for his
interim leadership of the college.
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