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November 28, 2012 -- MSU News Service

President Waded CruzadoPresident Barack Obama has announced his intent to appoint Montana State University President Waded Cruzado to the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development.

Cruzado is among seven individuals the White House appointed to various posts.

"The extraordinary dedication these individuals bring to their new roles will greatly serve the American people. I am grateful they have agreed to serve in this Administration and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come," said President Obama in a White House press release.

The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development, BIFAD, advises USAID on agriculture and higher education issues pertinent to food insecurity in developing countries. The President appoints members, who primarily represent the academic community. BIFAD was established by Title XII of the Foreign Assistance Act. The Board and Title XII recognize the critical role of U.S. land-grant institutions in agricultural development, domestically and abroad, and support their representation in USAID development programs.

Cruzado will serve on the BIFAD board while continuing in her position as MSU President.

"I am honored to have the opportunity to serve on the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development," Cruzado said. "Through this appointment, I look forward to helping advise the U.S. Agency for International Development on nutrition and global agricultural issues and projects."

Montana senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester offered their congratulations to Cruzado on her appointment.

"Waded is a tremendous educator and a talented leader. During her tenure, Montana State has grown as a leader in agriculture research and strengthened our number one industry. Her talent and hard work will help solve one of the world's greatest problems - global hunger. I know she will make all Montanans proud," Tester said.

"Waded has the kind of vision and work ethic needed to tackle one of our greatest humanitarian struggles - ensuring families around the world are fed. She is an excellent choice for this important post and has a proven track record of serving, educating and leading," Baucus said.

Cruzado officially took office as MSU's 12th president on Jan. 4, 2010. An articulate and inspirational speaker on the role of the public university, Cruzado has become well-known for her understanding of the Morrill Act, which created the land-grant university system 150 years ago. She is a passionate champion of the land-grant's tripartite mission of education, research and public outreach, and the important role higher education plays in the development of individuals and the prosperity of the nation.

Contact: Tom Calcagni, MSU Communications, (406) 994-2342, tcalcagni@montana.edu