July 03, 2013

University of Illinois president named ASAS Fellow

Dr. Robert Easter

Dr. Robert Easter

Dr. Robert Easter will receive the American Society of Animal Science Fellow Award for his administration accomplishments at the ASAS National Awards Program on July 9.

Easter is the President of the University of Illinois where he oversees 77,000 students, three main campuses and the regional health sciences programs.

Alongside the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, Easter establishes institutional policy and strategic direction for the University and assures compliance with state and federal laws. They also implement effective programs in research, education, public engagement and economic development.

Easter began his career at the University of Illinois in 1976 and taught swine nutrition. Since then, he has served as head of the Department of Animal Sciences, dean of the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, and as interim chancellor.

Outside of the academic world, Easter is known as an international leader. He was appointed by President George W. Bush to the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD) in 2006 and was appointed as chair of BIFAD one year later. Easter also works with the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation and the Governor’s Committee on China.

Easter received his BS and MS degrees from Texas A&M University and his PhD from the University of Illinois.

The ASAS Fellow Award is presented to animal scientists who have made excellent contributions to the animal industry and have had continuous membership in the ASAS for a minimum of 25 years. The American Society of Animal Science is a professional organization that serves more than 5,000 animal scientists and producers around the world.

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