President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint a 1966 Goshen College graduate to the National Science Board for the National Science Foundation, according to a press release from the White House.
Dr. Roger N. Beachy might be elected to the foundation’s governing body, which was established to “recommend and encourage the pursuit of national policies for the promotion of research and education in science and engineering”, according to the agency’s website.
Beachy was a student at Bethany Christian High School in Goshen, according to a press release from Goshen College. He later earned a B.A. in biology from Goshen College and a doctorate in plant pathology from Michigan State University.
In 2009, President Obama appointed Beachy as the first director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Beachy also served as the director of the World Food Center at the University of California Davis and as a founding executive director and CEO of the Global Institute for Food Security at the University of Saskatchewan.