NC State alumna to be named interim director of NIFA

May 9, 2011
By Sylvia Adcock
Chavonda Jacobs-Young

Chavonda Jacobs-Young

Chavonda Jacobs-Young ’98 PHD will be named interim director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) later this month.

Dr. Jacobs-Young, the first African-American to earn a Ph.D. in Paper Science and Engineering, will be leading the federal agency charged with supporting research, education and extension programs at land-grant universities and other organizations through grants and leadership. She had been the director of the Office of the Chief Scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Dr. Jacobs-Young was featured in a book titled “Black Stars: African American Women Scientists and Inventors” and was honored with an award of recognition by the National Consortium for Minorities in Engineering for “outstanding achievement in government.” While at NC State, she was a three-time ACC track champion and a soloist in the university gospel choir.


One Response to “NC State alumna to be named interim director of NIFA”

  1. Clide M. Coppin says:

    Congratulations Dr. Jacobs-Young. You are a role model for other young women. we love to see you soar. There is no limit to what you can do.

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