Coffman, William R. (Ronnie)

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Ronnie Coffman serves as International Professor of Plant Breeding and Director of International Programs of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University. Named the Andrew H. & James S. Tisch Distinguished University Professor, Ronnie Coffman also serves as principal investigator for the Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat project and the Next Generation Cassava Breeding project. Previous positions include Associate Dean for Research, and Director, Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station; Chair of the Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics; and Plant Breeder at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). Coffman’s work has been important to the development of improved rice varieties grown on several million hectares throughout the world. He has collaborated extensively with institutions in the developing world and has served as a board member for several international institutes. His Ph.D. is from Cornell and undergraduate work was done at the University of Kentucky, his home state. .

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    Interview with William (Ronnie) Coffman about the International Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
    Oyer, Edwin B.; Coffman, William R. (Internet-First University Press, 2013-06-21)
    In this interview, Professor Ronnie Coffman, Director of International Programs in Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, reviews the activities scheduled in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the International Program, as well as a number of the on-campus activities that have been sustained during the life of the Program. Overseas activities that formed the basis of experience for Cornell are reviewed including the crop improvement and farm survey programs in China in the 1920s and the collaboration with the College of Agriculture of the University of The Philippines in the 1950s. The environment that fostered the establishment of the Program in 1963 as well as the numerous on-campus and overseas activities in subsequent years are explained in detail. Professor Emeritus Edwin Oyer, a former Director of the Program, interviewed Professor Coffman.