Marks to Lead USPoultry Research

US - US Poultry & Egg Association announces the appointment of Dr Henry Marks as Research Coordinator.
calendar icon 16 July 2010
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Dr Marks succeeds Dr Charles Beard, who continued in this role after his retirement as USPOULTRY vice president for research. Dr Marks will administer the Association's comprehensive research programme that encompasses all aspects of poultry and egg production and processing. Approximately $23 million has been invested in research funding since the programme was established by Association leaders in 1962.

Among Dr Marks' extensive experience, he was a research geneticist with USDA's Agricultural Research Service, Head of the Poultry Science Department at the University of Georgia, and Acting Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at the University of Georgia College of Agriculture. He is a past president of the Poultry Science Association, and former board member of both the World Poultry Science Association and editorial board of the Poultry Science journal. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in poultry science from Virginia Tech and his Ph.D. in poultry genetics from the University of Maryland.

Dr Marks will work with Dr Beard on this year's research competition round, then assume the coordinator position. He will work with the Association's Research Advisory Committee, receiving and evaluating research proposals and making recommendations to the board of directors for funding approval.

"We are pleased and fortunate to have Dr Marks join us in this vital research role," said USPOULTRY chairman Steve Willardsen, Cargill Value Added Meats, Wichita, Kansas. "He has a longstanding background as a poultry scientist, and has been widely recognized for his research work. We look forward to his contribution to our research efforts."

John Starkey, Association president, commented: "US Poultry & Egg Association welcomes Dr Marks as our research coordinator. He will ensure the continued integrity and veracity of our research. Dr. Beard constantly re-focused and sharpened the program, and Dr Marks will help us maintain it as one of the most effective and valuable research programs in the poultry industry. We also thank Dr Beard for his excellent work and dedication, and we wish him the best in his retirement."

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