Dr. Richard Linton, a nationally recognized food-safety authority who serves as professor and chair of the Department of Food Science and Technology at The Ohio State University, has been named dean of North Carolina State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, effective Sept. 15. Provost Warwick Arden announced the appointment last week.
"We're extremely fortunate to have been able to attract Dr. Linton to lead the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences," Arden says. "He has a strong agricultural background and he's led many successful collaborative efforts involving academia, industry and other important stakeholder groups. I'm confident that he'll be a major asset to the college, the university and the state of North Carolina."
An expert in food microbiology and developing food-safety systems to reduce the risk of foodborne illness, Linton most recently chaired the largest food science and technology program in the country at Ohio State. Before that, Linton served as a professor of food science, center director and unit leader at Purdue University.
At Purdue, Linton directed for 10 years the Center for Food Safety Engineering, which aims to provide knowledge to detect and prevent chemical and microbial food contamination, doubling the center's funding and building multidisciplinary research teams. In his 17 years at Purdue, Linton also coordinated interdisciplinary and integrative efforts as an assistant and associate director with the university's Agricultural Research Services unit.
Linton earned his bachelor's degree in biology in 1988, and his master's and Ph.D. in food science in 1991 and 1994, respectively, all from Virginia Tech.