Storey Named Director Of Virginia Tech's Center For Food And Nutrition Policy

BLACKSBURG, Va., July 29, 2003 – Maureen Storey was named director of the Virginia Tech Center for Food and Nutrition Policy July 1. Storey has served as acting director since March 2002 when the former director, Lester Crawford, was appointed deputy commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

"Dr. Storey has demonstrated her ability to lead the center in accomplishing its main mission -- to interject sound scientific principles into the discussion of public policies regarding food and nutrition," said Gregory Brown, interim dean of agriculture at Virginia Tech. "We look forward to her continued leadership in this important area."

Under Storey's leadership, the center's faculty and staff has experienced substantial growth, has conducted a productive research program, and it has raised the national and international visibility of the center through outreach and communication programs. The center has developed a closer relationship with federal agencies, it has participated in public policy deliberations in the United States and in international forums, and it has conducted important conferences on major health and nutrition issues. Faculty members of the center have had four articles published or accepted for publication in peer-reviewed journals in the past academic year.

The Center for Food and Nutrition Policy is a resource on food and nutrition issues to which policy makers often refer. The center is based in Alexandria and uses research, outreach, teaching, and communications to advance rational, science-based food and nutrition policy. It is designated a center of excellence by the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization and this year signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to facilitate collaboration on research and outreach projects.

Earlier this year, Storey was invited by Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson to be a private sector adviser to the U.S. delegation to the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

Storey earned her bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from the University of Minnesota and completed two post-doctoral research appointments at the University of Wisconsin. She has held several executive positions with Kellogg Company, and she was senior vice president of health and nutrition marketing at a national marketing firm. She joined the center in 1998.

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