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Sharron Quisenberry

Vice President for Research and Economic Development

Professional Bio:

Sharron Quisenberry is the Vice President for Research and Economic Development at Iowa State University of Science and Technology. She served five and a half years as Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, four years as Dean of the College of Agriculture and Director of the Montana Experiment Station at Montana State University, and eight years in department-level administration prior to coming to Iowa State University. The University has the goal of serving the people of the state and beyond by enhancing the vitality and sustainability of research scholarship, revitalizing rural families and communities, improving human and animal health and nutrition, and enhancing the quality of our environment. Dr. Quisenberry has made several significant contributions to agricultural research. She has been successful in planning and implementing entomological research programs in several areas including wheat, rice, forage crops, and livestock systems. She is nationally and internationally recognized for her expertise in plant/insect interactions and plant resistance to insects. Dr. Quisenberry is a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America and served as President of the Society in 2000. She has served on the National Academy of Sciences’ Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources and on the Board for International Food and Agriculture Development.

Quisenberry has a B.S.Ed. in Biology from Truman State University and an M.A. in Environmental Biology from Hood College. She earned an M.S. and Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Missouri-Columbia.