Contact: James Thigpen (256-381-6600,, @IFDCGlobal)

July 17, 2015 – Muscle Shoals, Ala., United States – The International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) today announced that its president and CEO, Dr. Amit Roy, will retire after 37 years of service on December 31, 2015. The IFDC board of directors selected Dr. J. Scott Angle to succeed Roy as the organization’s president and CEO effective October 1, 2015.

In the three-month overlap, Roy will work with Angle to ensure a smooth transition.

An internationally known soil scientist, Angle is currently the Dean and Director of the University of Georgia’s (UGA) College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

“On behalf of the IFDC board and staff, I am deeply grateful for Amit’s dedication and visionary leadership. He shaped the organization into the holistic agricultural development center it is today,” said Dr. Jimmy Cheek, chairman of the IFDC board of directors and chancellor of University of Tennessee, Knoxville. “I look forward to welcoming Scott. His distinguished career in agricultural sciences and research makes him an excellent candidate to guide IFDC’s work into the future.”

Roy joined IFDC as a chemical engineer in 1978 and became president and CEO in 1992. “Since my first day, I have admired the organization’s ability to use research to improve lives,” said Roy. “I would like to thank our staff, past and present, for their commitment to a food-secure world. Under Scott’s leadership, I am confident that IFDC will expand its efforts to strengthen global agriculture.”

Angle has extensive experience in agricultural science research and management. He was the Interim Executive Associate Dean and Director of the Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station, the Maryland Cooperative Extension Service and the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. He was a Fulbright Scholar and has authored or co-authored more than 300 scientific papers, reports and other publications. Angle received his bachelor and master’s degrees at the University of Maryland and his doctorate at the University of Missouri.

“I am honored to build upon Amit’s legacy and look forward to joining IFDC’s talented staff,” said Angle. “Together, we will continue our efforts to achieve IFDC’s vision of a productive and well-fed world.”


IFDC is a public international organization addressing critical issues such as international food security, the alleviation of global hunger and poverty, environmental protection and the promotion of economic development and self-sufficiency through the use of agricultural technologies including fertilizers and other inputs.