I am in Washington, D.C. attending the APLU (Association of Public Land Grant Universities) Summer Council of Presidents meeting. The council presented me with a Waterford Crystal award for my service to the APLU executive meeting. I served as chair-elect this year and would have moved to chair if I had not retired as University of Hawaiʻi President. To my knowledge, this is the first time anyone from the UH has served on APLU‘s executive committee.
At the APLU conference, pictured from left is Peter McPherson APLU president; Diana Natalicio, UTEP and Gene Block, UCLA chancellor
I am attending the Association of Public Land Grant Universities (APLU) 125th Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. This is the premier gathering of senior leaders from public research universities, land grant institutions and state university systems across the country.
I was honored to be elected chair-elect for APLU.
USDA Under Secretary Cathy Woteki
At the conference I participated in a series of meetings and panel discussions on topics such as international agriculture, food, environment and renewable resources, academic, business and government affairs with Cathy Woteki, under secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Research, Education and Economics mission area.
The Honorable Dino Patti Djalal
I also had the honor of introducing Indonesia’s ambassador to the United States, the Honorable Dino Patti Djalal, at the APLU meeting. Djalal discussed expanding academic relationships between his country and ours.