What’s next for Ramaswamy?

Sonny Ramaswamy’s term as director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture ends next year.
Matthew Weaver

Capital Press

Published on October 9, 2017 11:02AM

The term of Sonny Ramaswamy, director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, ends next year.

Matthew Weaver/Capital Press

The term of Sonny Ramaswamy, director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, ends next year.

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MOSCOW, Idaho – Sonny Ramaswamy was appointed by President Barack Obama to a six-year term as director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture in 2012.

His term is up next year. An additional term is possible, according to NIFA.

What’s next for him?

“I don’t know,” he told the Capital Press after his presentation on innovations in food systems Oct. 6 at the University of Idaho in Moscow. “My heart lies in academia. I’d hope I’d be able to maybe go into academia or maybe a nongovernmental organization. But I don’t know yet.”

Ramaswamy was dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University when Obama appointed him. That position is reopening when current Dean Dan Arp retires next June.

Ramaswamy ruled out a return to OSU.

“Been there, done that, how’s that?” he said with a laugh.

Asked about possible replacements in his position at NIFA, he said it’s by presidential appointment and not his call.

“But if somebody were to ask me, I could point them in the direction of people to call,” he said.

He could be reappointed, he said, noting it’s President Donald Trump’s and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s prerogative to make that decision.

Would he be interested if they ask?

Ramaswamy declined to comment.



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