October 24, 2007 | By: Katie Pratt

Nancy Cox, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture associate dean for research and director of the Agricultural Experiment Station, was selected to be a member of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board. The board advises the secretary of agriculture and land grant colleges and universities. 

“This appointment is a high honor and a significant opportunity,” College of Agriculture Dean Scott Smith said. “It is indicative of Dr. Cox’s national stature as a research leader and her excellent credentials as a scientist and educator. Her position on this board will give Kentucky an effective voice for agricultural research and education at the highest national level.”

In addition to advising the secretary of agriculture, the board is responsible for reviewing long and short term policies and priorities relating to agricultural research, extension, education and economics. The board also provides consultation to the U.S. Congress.
Cox, who will represent the National Food Animal Science Societies on the board, is one of 31 members with expertise in specific areas of agriculture. Members are appointed to three-year terms by the secretary of agriculture, who selects board members based on nominations from companies and organizations. Cox was nominated by the Federation of Animal Science Societies. 

“I appreciate the nomination of confidence to this select board from the Federation of Animal Science Societies and the support of our Kentucky congressional delegation,” Cox said.

Cox earned a doctorate in animal physiology from North Carolina State University. Her areas of specialty include mammalian endocrinology and reproductive biology. She represents the college on several Kentucky agricultural commodity groups. Cox recently finished terms as director of the American Society of Animal Science and chair of the Science and Technology Committee for the Experiment Station Committee on Policy with
the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges. In 2005, Cox became a member of the Board of Policy Directors for the Board on Agriculture Assembly of National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges.


M. Scott Smith, 859-257-4772