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White House to Appoint Montana State President
Waded Cruzado to join Board for International Food and Agricultural Development
BOZEMAN — President Barack Obama has announced his intent to appoint the president of Montana State University to the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development.

The president on Tuesday announced that Waded Cruzado was among seven individuals appointed to various administrative posts.

"The extraordinary dedication these individuals bring to their new roles will greatly serve the American people," Obama said in a White House statement. "I am grateful they have agreed to serve in this Administration and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come."

The board advises the U.S. Agency for International Development on matters involving agriculture and higher education having to do with producing enough food in developing countries.

"I am honored to have the opportunity to serve on the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development," Cruzado said. "Through this appointment, I look forward to helping advise the U.S. Agency for International Development on nutrition and global agricultural issues and projects."

Montana Democratic Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester congratulated Cruzado and say she will help in the fight against global hunger.

"Waded is a tremendous educator and a talented leader," Tester said. "During her tenure, Montana State has grown as a leader in agriculture research and strengthened our number one industry. Her talent and hard work will help solve one of the world's greatest problems — global hunger. I know she will make all Montanans proud."

"Waded has the kind of vision and work ethic needed to tackle one of our greatest humanitarian struggles — ensuring families around the world are fed," Baucus said. "She is an excellent choice for this important post and has a proven track record of serving, educating and leading."

Cruzado became Montana State's 12th president in January 2010.
 
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