May 20, 2014

The Department of Food Science and Nutrition will welcome its new Department Head, Dr. Francisco Diez-Gonzalez, on July 1, 2014.The following has been excerpted from the official announcement made by CFANS Dean Brian Buhr on May 20, 2014.

Dr. Diez earned his B.S. in Food Technology from Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, and completed M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Food Science a Cornell University. Since his arrival to the department in 1999 in the position of assistant professor, Dr. Diez has demonstrated a strong commitment to service by leading departmental and university committees and programs, particularly in the advising of students and mentoring of faculty. His dedication to the joint mission of research and teaching as well as outreach is evident in his ability to work across these critical areas to advance the department’s mission.

I want to express my deepest gratitude to Dr. Gary Reineccius for his exceptional leadership these past six years. Gary’s accomplishments include the creation of a professional development program for students in response to employer demand for critical workforce leadership and communication skills. An advocate for international student experiences, Gary promoted the development of new study abroad courses in nutrition and food science. Also important to note, Gary emphasized departmental community through relationship building by encouraging student, faculty and staff involvement.

Please join me in welcoming Francisco to his new leadership role to advance the mission and programs of Food Science and Nutrition.