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Obama announces appointments to commissions

President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced the following appointments to the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission and the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development, known as BIFAD.

Ed Stockwell

Ed Stockwell
Obama appointed Ed Stockwell as the U.S. commissioner to the Tuna Commission, which is responsible for the conservation and management of tuna and other marine resources in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

Stockwell worked for StarKist Seafoods, Inc. for 29 years before retiring in 2000 as vice president of global procurement and government relations.

Before joining StarKist in 1971, Stockwell was a general manager for the Union Fisherman’s Cooperative Packing Company. He began his career in 1970 with Peter Pan Seafoods.

Stockwell received a bachelor of arts degree in business administration from Boise State University.

Waded CruzadoBrady DeatonHarold Martin

Waded Cruzado, Brady Deaton and Harold Martin

Obama made three appointments to the BIFAD, which advises the U.S. Agency for International Development on agriculture and higher education issues pertinent to food insecurity in developing countries.

The appointees are Waded Cruzado, president of Montana State University; Brady Deaton, chancellor of the University of Missouri, and Harold L. Martin, Sr., chancellor of North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. Deaton was appointed chairman of the board.

According to the USAID website, BIFAD members are primarily academics who “recognize the critical role of U.S. land-grant institutions in agricultural development, domestically and abroad, and support their representation in USAID development programs.”

Waded Cruzado was formerly executive vice president and provost of New Mexico State University and before that a member of the faculty and administrator at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez.

Cruzado received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez and a master of arts degree and a doctorate from the University of Texas, Arlington.

Brady Deaton, appointed chairman, was named to the BIFAD in 2011. He previously held other positions at the University of Missouri, including chairman of agricultural economics. He also worked at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Deaton holds a bachelor of science degree in agricultural economics and a master of arts degree in diplomacy and international commerce from the University of Kentucky, and a master of science degree and doctorate in agricultural economics from the University of Wisconsin.

Harold Martin was previously senior vice president for academic affairs at the University of North Carolina, chief administrator and chancellor at Winston-Salem State University, and early in his career held a number of positions at NC A&T.

Martin received bachelor of science and master of science degrees from NC A&T and a doctorate from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.