Board Members

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

Chancellor Emeritus of University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
Executive Director, Deaton Institute for University Leadership in International Development 

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.

Dr. Catherine Ann Bertini

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.

Hon. Marty L. McVey

President, McVey & Associates LLC
Houston, Texas

Hon. Marty McVey

Hon. Marty McVey is an accomplished businessman and public servant with over 15 years of International Development, New Business Development and Social Justice expertise. In 2011, Mr. McVey was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as a member of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Board for International Food and Agricultural Development [BIFAD].  By profession, Mr. McVey is founder and shareholder of 14 highly successful Private Equity and award-winning businesses in the Real Estate, Alternate Energy Services and Healthcare sectors. 

An accomplished public speaker, Mr. McVey has guest lectured at many colleges and universities including Texas A&M University, University of Missouri, the University of Louisiana, the University of St. Thomas and the University of Houston.  He earned a Bachelor and Master of Business Administration with concentration in Management from American University.  He received a Global Master of Business Administration from Georgetown University as well as a Máster Universitario en Administración Empresas from Esade University in Madrid, Spain. Additionally, Mr. McVey is a graduate of Harvard Business School's 'Developing Future Leaders' Program.

Mr. McVey's civic engagements are far-reaching.  He is a donor and supporter of several charitable organizations including: Halo House Foundation, Human Rights Watch and the World Affairs Council.  Mr. McVey is a lifetime member of the NAACP, a National Advisory Board Member of the Tahirih Justice Center, and a committee member on the Bush-Clinton Ike Coastal Recovery Fund.  He is also actively involved in promoting the economic development and sustainability of the City of Houston. You can follow Mr. McVey on Twitter: @MartyMcVey

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Last updated: February 18, 2015

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