People: CAST select new President-Elect
The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) has elected Dr Lowell T Midla as the President-Elect for 2012-2013.
He will officially assume leadership responsibilities in November at the conclusion of CAST's Fall Board Meeting. In 2013-2014, he will become the 41st President of the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, a singular honor and responsibility dating back to 1972, when Charles A. Black, along with other committed scientists, spearheaded the movement to "bring science-based information to policymaking and the public."
Born and raised on a beef cattle farm in Pennsylvania, he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992. He did master's degree research on cattle; established a veterinary practice with his wife, Joanne; and in 2001 joined the faculty of Ohio State University.
Dr Midla represents the American Association of Bovine Practitioners on the CAST Board of Representatives and serves on the Animal Agriculture and Environmental Issues work group. He has proficiency at all levels of organizational hierarchy, and this diversity of experience serves him well in leadership roles.
In his "CAST Three-Year Vision" statement, Midla emphasizes the importance of the CAST mission as an unbiased information provider. To build on this, he proposes that CAST should "emphasize and thereby enhance our impact--for with impact, input and investment will follow. CAST should re-double its efforts to be a primary source for legislators and the media."
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