Richard H. Linton, chair of the Food Science and Technology department at The Ohio State University, has been named the new dean of NC State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. His appointment is effective Sept. 15.
“He has a strong agricultural background and he’s led many successful collaborate efforts involving academia, industry and other important stakeholder groups,” Provost Warwick Arden said in announcing Linton’s appointment. “I’m confident that he’ll be a major asset to the college, the university and the state of North Carolina.”
Linton is an expert in food microbiology and developing food-safety systems to reduce the risk of foodborne illness. He 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 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.