Last Friday, Sonny Ramaswamy, dean of Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences was appointed director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture by President Barack Obama. Ramaswamy started at OSU in 2009 and has made many accomplishments during his short time here. Carl Casale, an OSU graduate and president of CHS Inc., a leading energy, grains and foods company stated that “the vision and progressive thinking that Sonny has brought to the College of Agricultural Sciences has helped position Oregon State as one of the leading land grant universities in the nation.”
Sonny will start this new position in May. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture is the lead agency within the USDA that supports research, education and extension programs in the nation’s land-grant university system. Sonny is not the first OSU faculty member to be appointed to high-ranking positions in the Obama administration. Ramaswamy will join Jane Lubchenco, who was named Director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.