Dr. Govind Kannan, dean of Fort Valley State University's College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology, will serve as chair of the 1890 Association of Research Directors.
Dr. Govind Kannan, dean of Fort Valley State University's College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology, recently earned a position that can help to shape the direction of research activities for 19 universities.
For the next two years, Kannan will serve as chair of the 1890 Association of Research Directors (ARD) Inc. The 1890 ARD Inc. coordinates research administration for the 19 1890 Land Grant Universities (LGU's) in cooperation with federal, state and private partners.
In this role, Kannan will provide leadership in the area of agricultural research, interact with funding agencies and represent the 1890 LGU's among U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies.
"I feel privileged. It is a great opportunity to make a difference. I am honored to be nominated and selected for the role," Kannan said.
Kannan's key responsibilities during his service as chair include, providing leadership to plan the 2016 Association of Research Directors Biennial Symposium. He will assist in the implementation of three centers of excellence funded by the USDA for approximately $1.3 million.
The three centers are the Center for Innovation and Sustainable Small Farms, Ranches and Forest Lands, the Virtual Center to Motivate and Educate for Achievement and the Center of Excellence for International Engagement. These centers will become functional September 2016.
Kannan said the establishment of these centers would involve all of the 1890 institutions. Some of the initiatives and projects that will take place at the centers include workforce development, plant and animal health sciences education and international business and trade education.
"The goal is to develop graduates who are prepared for international careers in foreign service," Kannan said.
Moreover, Kannan said the association plans to set priorities and take advantage of the strengths of individual institutions as well as the 1890 LGU system collectively.
"It is important for the system as a whole to accomplish the objectives set forth and create the needed impact for communities. Good leadership is critical for us to stay relevant and bring forth positive changes," Kannan said.
For more information about the 1890 Association of Research Directors Inc., visit http://www.umes.edu/ard/Default.aspx?id=42817.