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President's Bio
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Dr. Mortimer H. Neufville
Interim President

Mortimer H. Neufville assumed the position of Director, Federal Relations - Food, Environment and International Affairs at NASULGC on January 2, 1997. His primary responsibility was to coordinate the activities in food, agriculture, natural resources, environmental affairs, human sciences, forestry and international affairs for the Land Grant and affiliate member institutions. On January 3, 2000, he was appointed to the position of Executive Vice President to coordinate the internal management operations in addition to his Food and Agriculture responsibilities. On January 3, 2006, he assumed the role of Executive Vice President on a full time basis working closely with the President on all NASUGLC (now APLU) activities. He retired on June 30th 2008 and began consulting with APLU, IFPRI and other International Organizations. On August 16, 2011 he was asked to return to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore to serve as its Interim President. He held this position until July 1, 2012 when a new president was selected.

Prior to joining NASULGC, Dr. Neufville held a number of positions at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), (1983-96) including Vice President for Academic Affairs (1994-1996), Associate Director of the Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station (1989-1994), Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs (1993-94); Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs (1991-93); 1980 Research Director (1983-95) and Dean of Agricultural Sciences (1983-91). During his tenure at UMES, Neufville was the project manager for the Cameroon Root and Tuber Food Crops Research Project (1986-94) funded by USAID and the Government of the Republic of Cameroon, where UMES served as lead institution.  At the time that was the largest grant awarded by USAID to an HBCU, and Dr. Neufville provided the leadership in securing the funds. He also chaired the HBCU International Liaison Officers Committee and provided leadership for four projects funded through the Egyptian Universities Linkage Program.

He received funding from the W K Kellogg Foundation for the implementation of the Food System Leadership Institute and the C. Peter Magrath Engagement award. Neufville also received funding from USDA/FAS for implementation of the India/US Agriculture Knowledge Initiative Capacity Building and Water Quality Projects.

Before joining the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Dr. Neufville was Associate Dean, College of Applied Science and Technology and the Cooperative Research and Extension Programs at Lincoln University, Missouri (1978-83). He also served as a faculty member and head of the Animal Science Program at Prairie View A & M University (1974-78).

He served as a member of the CGIAR/IITA Board of Trustees from 2000 - 2006 and board chair from 2002-2006.  He became a member of the Board of ACDI/VOCA in 2005 and chair of the Board in 2008. He is also a member of the Board of IFDC, a member of the IFPRI Advisory Committee and the Program Steering Committee for the Agricultural Open Curriculum and Learning Initiative 2007 – 2010, and a member of the USDA/FAS India Agriculture Knowledge Initiative Advisory Board 2004 - 2009.

Mort, as he prefers to be called, received his B.S. degree from Tuskegee University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Animal Science from the University of Florida, Gainesville. He was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Science degree by Tuskegee University on
February 4, 2001 and the Distinguished Alumnus Award by the University of Florida on December 15, 2001. He was inducted into the International Continuing Education Hall of Fame in 2008.

On January 23, 2013, Dr. Mortimer Neufville assumed the position of Interim President of Coppin State University. Founded in 1900, Coppin State University is an urban, liberal arts university located in the northwest section of the City of Baltimore.