Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger recently appointed Wayne Bidlack, dean of the College of Agriculture, to the State Board of Food and Agriculture.
Bidlack is among 15 board members who advise the governor and the Secretary of Food and Agriculture on agricultural issues and consumer needs. Members of the board are selected to represent a wide spectrum of commodities, geographic regions and California State University and University of California systems.
Members serve four-year terms and do not receive a salary. The board meets about once a month, and its meetings are open to the public.
In addition to heading the university's College of Agriculture, Bidlack also teaches in the Animal and Veterinary Science and Human Nutrition and Food Science departments.
Before coming to Cal Poly Pomona in 1995, Bidlack was chair of the department of Food Science and Human Nutrition and director of the Center for Designing Foods to Improve Nutrition at Iowa State University from 1992 to 1995.
Bidlack has been an active professional member of the Institute of Food Technologies for more than 15 years and is a past president of the Food Safety Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology. He has also served on the International Life Sciences Institute Committee on Nutrition and Food Safety.
He has been published more than 50 times and is currently book editor for the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. He has also co-edited five books on Photochemicals published by Technomics and CRC Publications.