Interim FARE department chair named
Prof. Andreas Boecker has been named the interim chair of the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics. He began in the role on September 1, 2018.
Boecker assumed interim chair duties following Prof. John Cranfield’s appointment as the associate dean (external relations) for the Ontario Agricultural College.
“Andreas has a strong background in administration to support his success,” shares Rene Van Acker, dean of the Ontario Agricultural College. “He has been the departmental undergraduate program coordinator since 2011 and was the acting associate dean (academic) for the college in the 2016/17 academic year.”
Boecker joined the department in 2005 and studies how consumers perceive risks and benefits of novel food-related technologies, in particular agricultural biotechnology. His research also covers local food marketing and food integrity and traceability.
An internal chair search is expected to happen during the remaining months of the year.