Leadership Update

Dr. Jeff LeJeune, professor and FAHRP program head, has accepted a new position with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, and will be leaving Ohio State in early September. Jeff has been a member of the Veterinary Preventive Medicine (VPM) faculty for over 17 years, building a highly successful research program and serving as food safety Extension specialist within the FAHRP group based on the CFAES Wooster campus. He has served as FAHRP program head for the past five years.

Jeff views the new position as an important career opportunity and the next step in his career progression. His intention is to continue to maintain a relationship with Ohio State and use this as an opportunity to help us identify new international collaborations and opportunities.

Dr. Gireesh Rajashekara, VPM professor, has agreed to serve as interim FAHRP program head while plans are made for Jeff’s permanent replacement. Gireesh has previously served as acting FAHRP program head, and his experience should ensure a smooth transition in FAHRP leadership.

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