Joseph Jen, Ph.D.
Under Secretary, Research, Education, and Economics
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Dr. Joseph Jen was sworn in as the under
secretary for research, education, and economics by Agriculture
Secretary Ann. M. Veneman on July 17, 2001. He oversees four agencies of the
U.S. Department of Agriculture: the Agricultural Research
Service, the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension
Service, the Economic Research Service, and the National
Agricultural Statistics Service.
Dr. Jen is a widely recognized
agricultural scientist and educator, with experience in both the
public and private sectors. Since 1992, Dr. Jen has served as the
dean of the College of Agriculture at California Polytechnic
State University in San Luis Obispo. In this capacity, Dr. Jen
oversaw eleven departments with 3,500 students, 250 faculty and
staff, and a budget in excess of $30 million.
From 1986 to 1992, Dr. Jen was division
chairman of the University of Georgia’s Division of Food Science
and Technology in Athens, Georgia. He served as director of
research at the Campbell Institute of Research and Technology for
the Campbell Soup Company from 1980 to 1986. He was an associate
professor at the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
at Michigan State University from 1979 to 1980.
Dr. Jen was a food science and
biochemistry professor at Clemson University from 1969-1979. From
1975 to 1976, he served as a research food technologist at the
Horticultural Research Institute for the U.S. Department of
Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service in Beltsville,
As a Dean, Dr. Jen has earned the
reputation as a successful administrator who has established
several innovative cooperative agreements and proposals with
Dr. Jen received his B.S. degree in
agricultural chemistry from National Taiwan University in 1960.
He earned a M.S. degree in food science from Washington State
University in 1964 and a Ph.D. degree in comparative biochemistry
from the University of California at Berkeley in 1969. He also
received an MBA degree from Southern Illinois University in 1986.
Dr. Jen was elected as a Fellow of the
Institute of Food Technologists in 1992 and received the
Distinguished Educator Award from the National Association of
Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture in 1999. In 2000, he was
appointed by the White House Office of Science and Technology
Policy to be a U.S. delegate in the U.S.- Japan Millennium Study.