Profile – Dr. Govind Kannan
Country Representative for Southeast USA
Govind, Professor of Animal Science at Fort Valley State University (FVSU), received his professional degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1986 from Madras Veterinary College, India. He also received his MVSc degree from the same institution in 1988. After serving as a faculty member at Madras Veterinary College for four years, he moved to the US in 1993 and earned his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, College Park in 1996. After a brief stint at the University of California at Davis as a post-doctoral researcher, he joined Fort Valley State University in 1997 with research and teaching responsibilities. His research focuses on pre-harvest management methods to minimize animal stress and improve meat quality and food safety in small ruminants and post-harvest methodologies to improve quality and safety of goat meat.
Dr. Kannan has held several administrative positions at FVSU, including Coordinator of Animal Science undergraduate and graduate programs, Director of the Georgia Small Ruminant Research and Extension Center, Assistant Dean for Research, and Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Currently, he is a tenured full Professor and Dean of the College of Agriculture, Family Science, and Technology and has provided outstanding leadership to the College.
Dr. Kannan has been an advocate of applied research and outreach programs that empower small and underrepresented farmers with the knowledge and technical skills needed to sustain successful agricultural enterprises. He was recognized at the White House in 2012 as a “Champion of Change” for his efforts in strengthening global food security. He was recently reappointed by the US Secretary of Agriculture to serve on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board representing the National Food Animal Sciences Society constituency. He also recently completed his term as Chair of the Association of 1890 Research Directors, one of the regional associations of APLU’s Board on Agricultural Assembly.
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