Donald Schaffner Assumes Presidency of the International Association for Food Protection
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Des Moines, Iowa - Dr. Donald W. Schaffner assumed the presidency of the International Association for Food Protection at the conclusion of IAFP 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
President Donald Schaffner is a Distinguished Professor in the Food Science Department at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Dr. Schaffner holds a B.S. in Food Science from Cornell University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Food Science and Technology from the University of Georgia.
Dr. Schaffner’s research interests include quantitative microbial risk assessment and predictive food microbiology. He has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and abstracts. Dr. Schaffner has been the recipient of more than $5 million in grants and contracts, largely in the form of competitive grants. He has educated thousands of Food Industry professionals through numerous short courses and workshops in the U.S. and more than a dozen countries around the world.
Dr. Schaffner has been committed to the goals of IAFP since joining the Association in 2001. He served on the Journal of Food Protection Editorial Board for three years (2010–2013) and was an active member of the Organizing Committee for the European Symposium on Food Safety (2007–2008) and for the IAFP 2013 Program Committee. Throughout his IAFP Membership, Dr. Schaffner has also served on numerous Professional Development Groups and several IAFP Selection Committees, including the Black Pearl, the Fellows and the Developing Scientists. He is a
Dr. Schaffner received the prestigious Elmer Marth Educator Award in 2009 for his dedication and exceptional contributions to the profession of educator.
In addition to Dr. Schaffner, other members of the Executive Board include:
President-Elect, Don Zink, Ph.D., U.S. FDA, College Park, MD
Vice President, Alejandro Mazzotta, Ph.D., Campbell Soup Company, Camden, NJ
Secretary, Linda Harris, Ph.D., University of California–Davis, Davis, CA
Past President, Katie Swanson, Ph.D., KMJ Swanson Food Safety, Inc., Mendota Heights, MN
Affiliate Council Chairperson, Tong-Jen Fu, Ph.D., U.S. FDA, Summit-Argo, IL
About International Association for Food Protection
The International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) represents more than 4,300 food safety professionals committed to Advancing Food Safety Worldwide®. The association includes educators, government officials, microbiologists, food industry executives and quality control professionals who are involved in all aspects of growing, storing, transporting, processing and preparing all types of foods. Working together, IAFP members, representing more than 70 countries, help the association achieve its mission through networking, educational programs, journals, career opportunities and numerous other resources.