Obama Appoints Cruzado to International Ag Development Board

The White House has selected MSU President Waded Cruzado to sit on the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD).

The board advises U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), a government development program, on agriculture issues pertinent to global food insecurity. USAID promotes community health and development in the world’s poorest areas. Improving agricultural systems and production is one of the organization’s areas of work.

BIFAD consists primarily of leaders from the academic community, particularly American land-grant universities. Its members are appointed by the President of the United States.

Cruzado joined MSU as its president in 2010. She worked at New Mexico State University from 2003-2010, serving as Dean of College of Arts and Sciences, Executive Vice President and Provost, and Interim President. She holds a B.A. from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Arlington.