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By Kent Larsen
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LDS Professor Named to Dept. of Agriculture Post

WASHINGTON, DC -- Dr. Rodney J. Brown, Dean of the Utah State University College of Agriculture, has been named Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics in the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington D.C. Dean Brown, an LDS returned missionary who grew up on a dairy farm in Coalville, Utah, will oversee four agencies of the USDA: the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES), the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

"Rodney Brown brings to USDA extensive knowledge in agriculture, research and extension programs," said U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman. "This experience will be extremely valuable as we continue to strengthen research programs to best help farmers and consumers."

Dean Brown earned a Bachelor of Science degree at BYU in 1972 after completing an LDS mission to British Columbia. He also earned a master's degree in nutrition and food science in 1973 from Utah State and a Ph.D. in food science in 1977 from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. He then spent two years at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel before beginning his academic career in 1979 as an Assistant Professor at Utah State University.

Brown was Head of the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Director of the Western Dairy Foods Research Center, and spent one year as Acting Vice President for Research before becoming dean of USU's College of Agriculture in 1991. The University's Provost, Stan Albrecht, says he will be missed, "The university community appreciates Dean Brown's efforts and service. Rod's leadership in the College of Agriculture will be greatly missed."

Recently Brown chaired the Board on Agriculture of National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC), during which time he established formal links with the Interuniversity Council on Agriculture in Europe. For the past year, Brown served as senior program liaison between Earth Science Enterprise of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and USDA's CSREES.

Brown has received many honors including: the American Dairy Science Association Pfizer Inc. Award for Cheese and Cultured Products Research; the Utah State University Leone Administrative Leadership Award; the G. Malcolm Trout Visiting Scholar from the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Michigan State University; and the Utah State University President's Diversity Award.


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American Distance Education Consortium


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