The International Goat Association wishes to give special honor to
Dr. Christopher D. Lu
Dr. Christopher D. Lu is a scholar and a retired tenured Professor of the University of Hawai’i-Hilo. He is a devoted member of IGA and served many years on the Board of Directors, Vice-President from 1996 to 2004, IGA’s President from 2004 to 2008, and Past-President from 2008 to 2012. He is also an active member of the IGA Advisory Board.
As President of IGA, Dr. Lu strengthened general membership and grew our finances. He laid the foundation for our robust Regional Directors and Country Representatives system, expanded the IGA website and electronic newsletter. Dr. Lu and his wife, Hsin, established the C. W. Lu Young Scientist Award, given to IGA members who have demonstrated excellence in research in any area of goat science and have held their Ph.D. for a period not greater than ten years.
Dr. Lu was the founding director of the American Institute for Goat Research in Oklahoma. He has published over 270 refereed journal articles, refereed conference papers, invited papers, invited presentations, book chapters, and books that relate to his interest in ruminant nutrition, international development, and education. His scholarly works contributed to advances in understanding nutrient requirements, nutritional physiology, and nutritional biochemistry in ruminants.
Dr. Lu also served as President of Argosy University/Seattle. During his tenure as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of the University of Hawai’i at Hilo, Professor Lu assisted in transforming the University from a regional liberal art college to a comprehensive university offering various master’s degrees and doctoral degrees. Under his leadership, the University now hosts additional academic units, including a College of Business and Economics, a College Pharmacy, and an independent Research Division. As the WASC Accreditation Liaison Officer, he successfully led the University to a ten-year accreditation.
Dr. Lu is a recipient of numerous awards recognizing his scholarly contribution and outstanding public service. He is a Kellogg Leadership Fellow and a Millennium Leadership Institute Fellow. Dr. Lu also served as the first Asian Dean of the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the State University of New York-Morrisville and the first Asian Dean of College of Agriculture at the Sultan Qaboos University, the crown jewel of higher education in Oman. While in Oman, he earned a national reputation for institutional transformation.
Professor Lu earned a BS from National Taiwan University in 1974 and an MS in Dairy Science (1978), and a Ph.D. in Dairy Nutrition and Biochemistry (1981) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He completed a postdoctoral career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was employed as a nutritional biochemist at International Harvester Company, and held research and teaching positions at public universities.
He was a Registered Nutritionist of British Nutrition Society, a Charter Diplomate of American College of Animal Nutrition, a Professional Animal Scientist of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientist, and a Certified Manager of the Institute of Certified Professional Managers.
Professor Lu taught Introduction to Agricultural Sciences, Animal Behavior, Fundamentals of Nutrition, Physiology of Reproduction, and Applied Animal Nutrition and researches small ruminant nutrition, molecular nutrition, organic production, and sustainable sheep and goat production. He also directed master and doctoral students in cooperation with international institutions.
The International Goat Association promotes goat research and development for the benefit of humankind, to alleviate poverty, to promote prosperity and to improve the quality of life.