Dr. Mortimer Neufville has been a member of the IFDC Board of Directors since 2005. He chairs the board's Nomination Committee and is a member of the Audit, Executive and Program committees.
Neufville is the chairman of the board of ACDI/VOCA and served as interim president of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) from August 2011 to July 2012. He is also a member of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) Advisory Committee for the Global Open Food and Agricultural University and a member of the USDA/FAS India Agriculture Knowledge Initiative Advisory Board.
Neufville previously served as the executive vice president of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU). Upon retiring in 2008, Neufville became a consultant for APLU, IFPRI and other international organizations. Neufville came to APLU in 1997 as director of Federal Relations - Food, Environment and International Affairs. In that position, he coordinated work related to agriculture, natural resources, environmental affairs, human sciences, forestry and international affairs.
Prior to joining APLU, Neufville held a number of positions at UMES including vice president for academic affairs, associate director of the Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station and research director and dean of agricultural sciences. During his tenure at UMES, Neufville was the project manager for the Cameroon Root and Tuber Food Crops Research Project funded by USAID and the Government of the Republic of Cameroon.
Before joining UMES, Neufville was associate dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology and the Cooperative Research and Extension Programs at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. He also served as a faculty member and head of the Animal Science Program at Prairie View A&M University in Texas.
Neufville received his bachelor’s degree from Tuskegee University and his master’s and doctoral degrees in animal science from the University of Florida, Gainesville.