Utah State University

Ken White

Dean of College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences at Utah State University

Kenneth L. White (USU) has been a faculty member in the Department of Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences at Utah State University (USU) since 1991. Prior to this, Dr. White was a member of the faculty in the Department of Animal Science at Louisiana State University. He was appointed Vice President for USU Extension, Dean of the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, and Director of the Utah Agricultural Experiment Station at Utah State University July 1, 2013 following a national search process. He received his bachelor’s of science in animal science from Brigham Young University in 1979, and his master’s degree in animal science and PhD in physiology from the University of California, Davis in 1982 and 1986, respectively. He has been actively involved in directing a competitive research program throughout his 34-year academic career. As an independent researcher, he has generated over 17.5 million dollars in extramural funding to support research in Animal Reproduction and Embryonic Development. In 2006 he was recognized as Researcher of the Year, in 2007 he was honored as Undergraduate Mentor of The Year, and in 2011 as Utah State University’s Outstanding Graduate Mentor. In 2013 Dr. White received the Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology in Academics in recognition for his research program and efforts to establish a School of Veterinary Medicine in Utah. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles in journals such as Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Development, Biology of Reproduction, Reproduction, Molecular Reproduction and Development, and Cloning and Stem Cells. He led the nuclear transfer (cloning) team that produced the world’s first cloned equines, which resulted in the birth of three identical mule foals. During this same period, he received the first Best of State Statue (BOSS) Award for Agriculture given in recognition of his nuclear transfer work. He has also been invited to speak at symposia in various countries, including China, Thailand, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, Peru, and Ireland, in addition to many universities throughout the USA. He also was one of the primary leaders responsible for establishing the USU School of Veterinary Medicine.

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