CAFNR Vice Chancellor and Dean Christopher Daubert has been chosen as the president-elect of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). He has been part of the Board of Directors of IFT since 2000, and has also served as Food Engineering Division chair.
“I am excited to lead an organization dedicated to advancing science and promoting people who are addressing global challenges associated with food access,” Daubert said. “Throughout my career, IFT has been a steady and positive influence; a community that provides and shares resources to best serve our industry.”
He will become IFT’s 85th president when he assumes the role on Sept. 1, 2024. As president-elect, effective Sept. 1, 2023, he will work closely with incoming president, Sean Leighton, global vice president of food safety, quality and regulatory at Cargill. Each president serves a one-year term.
“Chris has been an impactful member of IFT for many years, actively participating and leading through the numerous volunteer groups and opportunities IFT has to offer its members. He has been instrumental in helping elevate the science of food, and we are thrilled that he will become our 85th Board President when he takes over on September 1, 2024,” said IFT CEO Christie Tarantino-Dean.
Daubert joined the University of Missouri in 2017 from North Carolina State University, where he was head of the Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences and director of the Food Rheology Laboratory.
In addition to his service to IFT, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Council for Agriculture Science and Technology, and has served as chair of the APLU North Central Administrative Head Section.
IFT is a global organization of approximately 12,000 individual members from more than 100 countries committed to advancing the science of food. Since 1939, IFT has brought together the brightest minds in food science, technology and related professions from academia, government, and industry to solve the world’s greatest food challenges. IFT works to ensure that its members have the resources they need to learn, grow and advance the science of food as the population and the world evolve. IFT believes that science is essential to ensuring a global food supply that is sustainable, safe, nutritious, and accessible to all. For more information, please visit ift.org.