Board Members

BIFAD Chair & University Appointee - Dr. Brady J. Deaton

Chancellor Emeritus of University of Missouri
Columbia, Missouri

Dr. Brady J. Deaton

Dr. Brady J. Deaton currently serves as the Chairman for the BIFAD. Previously, served as Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer of the University of Missouri from 2004 until 2013, with many years of service and experience in higher education, including senior positions at the University of Missouri since 1989. Dr. Deaton spent 12 years at Virginia Tech, the last four as associate director of the Office for International Development. Dr. Deaton holds leadership roles in many university, community and national organizations. He served as chair of the Academic Affairs Council of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) and also participates in numerous advisory roles. He has authored more than 100 articles, presentations and book chapters in his career in addition to co-authoring three books. In 2009 he received an honorary degree from Prince of Songkla University in Hat Yai, Thailand.

Dr. Deaton holds a B.S. in Agricultural Economics, an M.A. in Diplomacy and International Commerce from the University of Kentucky, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Wisconsin. From 1962 to 1964, Dr. Deaton was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nan, Thailand, where he taught vocational agriculture in the Thai language.

Dr. Gebisa Ejeta

Distinguished Professor, Department of Agronomy
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana

Dr. Gebisa Ejeta

Gebisa Ejeta is currently the Distinguished Professor of Plant Breeding & Genetics and International Agriculture at Purdue University and the Executive Director of the Purdue Center for Global Food Security. Prior to his tenure at Purdue, Dr. Ejeta conducted seminal sorghum research in Sudan for five years with the International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-arid Tropics (ICRISAT).

Dr. Ejeta has served on numerous science and program review panels, technical committees and advisory boards of major research and development organizations including the international agricultural research centers (IARCs), the Rockefeller Foundation and the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Dr. Ejeta has also served on the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), the largest publicly funded agricultural research consortium in the world as a member of its Science Council (2008-2010) and currently as a member of its Consortium Board. Among his many awards, Gebisa Ejeta was the recipient of the 2009 World Food Prize; and a national medal of honor from the President of Ethiopia. Dr. Ejeta was also recently designated special advisor to USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah in 2010.

Dr. Ejeta completed his early education in his native country including a BS in Plant Sciences from Alemaya College in 1973. He attended graduate school at Purdue University earning his Masters (1976) and PhD (1978) in Plant Breeding & Genetics.

Dr. Waded Cruzado

President, Montana State University
Bozeman, Montana

Dr. Waded Cruzado

Dr. Waded Cruzado officially took office as Montana State University's 12th president on January 4th, 2010. During her tenure, Montana State University has competitively won more than $215 million in research grants. In 2011-2012, MSU set an institutional record of $112.3 million in research expenditures, including a $67 million grant from the Department of Energy for the Big Sky Carbon Sequestration partnership, which is housed as MSU.

Prior to joining MSU, President Cruzado served as the executive vice president and provost at New Mexico State University, the nation's only land-grant university that is also a research-extensive and Hispanic-serving institution. She held that position from 2007-2010. In March 2012, President Cruzado was honored as the 2011 Michael P. Malone Educator of the Year from Montana Ambassadors for demonstrating outstanding accomplishment, excellence and leadership in the field of education.

Dr. Cruzado holds Master of the Arts and Ph.D. degrees in Spanish from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literataure from the University of Puerto Rico.

Dr. Harold L. Martin Sr.

Chancellor, North Carolina A&T
Greensboro, North Carolina

Dr. Harold L. Martin Sr.

Harold L. Martin Sr. became the chief administrator at North Carolina A&T State University (NC A&T) as the 12th chancellor and first alumnus. Dr. Martin draws from his experiences in the classroom and from administration to lead, collaborate and build consensus within the university, among alumni and donors. His stated goal for NC A&T is to make it a preeminent institution of higher learning by 2020.

Prior to his appointment as chancellor at NC A&T, Martin served as the senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of North Carolina from 2006 to 2009, where he focused on the development and implementation of the university's academic mission including teaching, research, international programs and student affairs. Previously, Martin was chief administrator and chancellor of Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) from 2000 to 2006, leading it from a baccalaureate institution to a graduate institution.

Martin is a Winston-Salem, North Carolina native and received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in electrical engineering from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Catherine Ann Bertini

Professor
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Syracuse, New York

Catherine Ann Bertini

Following more than a decade of service to the United Nations, Catherine Bertini joined the faculty of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in 2005 as Professor of Public Administration, drawing on the vast experience she gained during her years of leadership in public sector management, international organizations, humanitarian relief, nutrition policy, and agricultural development.

Professor Bertini was the driving force behind reform of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), where she was the Chief Executive for ten years. During her tenure, WFP's institutional changes in the area of efficiency, effectiveness, and accountability were cited by the U.S. Government and the thirty-six-government board of WFP as a model of UN reform.

Professor Bertini is the 2003 World Food Prize winner and a member of the USAID Board of International Food and Agricultural Development. She also served as a Senior Fellow in Agricultural Development at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Currently, she is co-chair of the Global Agriculture Development Initiative for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and chair of the Council's Girls in Rural Economies project.

Professor Bertini earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Albany and has been accorded with numerous awards, commendations, and honorary degrees.

Jo Luck

Former President, Heifer International
Little Rock, Arkansas

Jo Luck

Jo Luck is the recipient of the 2010 World Food Prize. She was CEO of Heifer International, having served as the organization's president and chief executive officer from 1992 to 2010, and as director of International Programs from 1989 to 1992. Heifer International is a global organization working to end poverty and hunger, which has aided more than 62 million people in 125 countries. Luck is credited with growing Heifer International's budget from $7 million to more than $130 million and expanding programs and projects into numerous countries worldwide.

Prior to joining Heifer, Jo Luck served as executive director of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism for more than a decade. Jo Luck also served as the first executive director of the Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, an organization modeled after the Children's Defense Fund in Washington, D.C.

Jo Luck attended Hendrix College in Conway, Ark., and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where she served on the Executive Committee of the Alumni Advisory Board. She holds several honorary degrees.

Marty L. McVey

President, McVey & Co. Investments LLC
Houston, Texas

Marty L. McVey

Marty McVey is President of McVey & Co. Investments, a private equity firm that focuses primarily on Healthcare, Real Estate and Energy Investments in Houston, Texas. In his commitment to commercial agricultural development, Mr. McVey's experience centers on agriculturally-based renewable and solar energy. He is engaged in acquiring and developing the complete cycle of energy production, and processing and delivering of blended bio-fuel products and solar energy to global markets.

Mr. McVey is an officer and member to the Board of Directors of thirteen privately held companies and currently oversees a real estate portfolio within the United States. Complementing his business experience with international interests and affairs, Mr. McVey has demonstrated his public minded spirit by serving actively with or supporting the work of eleven charitable organizations including; The Indus Entrepreneurs and Human Rights Watch among others.

Mr. McVey holds a degree of Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration from American University, with a concentration in Management.

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Last updated: January 27, 2014

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