OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

OSU ADMINISTRATOR TO HEAD INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION

09/06/2001

CORVALLIS - Kelvin Koong, an associate dean of Oregon State University's College of Agricultural Sciences, has been voted president-elect of the national Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST).

Koong, former head of OSU's Department of Animal Sciences and former dean of the university's College of Veterinary Medicine, will begin his duties as president-elect in September 2001. He will become president in September 2002.

The nonprofit organization assembles, interprets and communicates science-based information on food, fiber, agricultural, natural resource and related societal and environmental issues. Audiences that CAST works with include the public, media, legislators, regulators, policy makers and private-sector businesses.

CAST is composed of representatives of 38 agricultural science-related scientific societies and individual members. The council was established in 1972 as a result of a meeting sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences' National Research Council.