Poly, San Luis Obispo -- April 06, 2001
Cal Poly Agriculture Dean Joseph Jen to be
Nominated USDA Undersecretary for Research, Education and Economics
The White House and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman announced
yesterday that President Bush will nominate Joseph J. Jen, dean of Cal
Poly's College of Agriculture, to be the U.S. Department of Agriculture's
Undersecretary of Agriculture for Research, Education and Economics.
"This is a tremendous honor for Dean Jen, the College of Agriculture
and the entire university," said Cal Poly President Warren J. Baker.
"His impending nomination is an acknowledgement of his lifetime
contribution to education and research. Furthermore, it serves to recognize
the key role he has played in the growth of our College of Agriculture
and the vital function the college has in agricultural education in
the United States."
Jen, who was born in China and grew up in Taiwan, earned his Bachelor
of Science degree in agricultural chemistry from National Taiwan University.
He later came to the United States and earned a master's degree in food
science from Washington State University and a Ph.D. in comparative
biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley. He also
earned an MBA from Southern Illinois University.
After 11 years of teaching, research and public service experience at
Clemson University and Michigan State University, Jen worked at Campbell
Soup Co. for six years. He then became division chairman and department
head of Food Science and Technology at the University of Georgia.
The dean of Cal Poly's College of Agriculture since 1992, Jen is a recognized
expert in the areas of post-harvest handling of fruits and vegetables,
pectin chemistry and food enzymology. He has published more than 60
scientific articles, edited two books and worked as a consultant to
the United Nations, American food companies and foreign governments.
Jen serves on several boards of directors and executive committees of
agricultural-related national and state organizations, and he is a member
of the California State Board of Food and Agriculture.