World Food Prize Leader Wraps Up Lecture Series at Iowa State

April 16th, 2002

AMES, Iowa - The president of the World Food Prize Foundation will be the final speaker in a spring lecture series at Iowa State University. Kenneth Quinn will talk about the World Food Prize at 3:10 p.m. on May 8 (rescheduled from April 29) in the Ensminger Room, Kildee Hall.

Quinn is a former U.S. ambassador to Cambodia. He assumed leadership of the World Food Prize Foundation on Jan. 1, 2000, following his retirement from the U.S. State Department.

Quinn grew up in Dubuque. Following graduation from Loras College, he joined the American Foreign Service for a diplomatic career that spanned almost 32 years. He spent six years in Vietnam during the war as a rural development officer, emerging as one of the government's foremost experts on Indochina.

In 1978, Quinn returned to Iowa under a special exchange program to join the staff of Gov. Robert Ray. He was in the forefront of the governor's Indochinese refugee resettlement program and served as executive director of a program that sent Iowa doctors, nurses, medical supplies and food to Cambodia. Quinn then returned to the foreign service for 18 years of assignments in the Philippines, the Middle East and Cambodia.

Quinn is the final speaker in a lecture series titled "Modern Views of Nutrition." The lecture series honors Wise Burroughs, a former faculty member in animal science who performed critical research that led to the use of implants for growth promotion in cattle.

Contacts: 

Colin Scanes, Animal Science, (515) 294-5136

Susan Thompson, Agriculture Communications, (515) 294-0705