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Accomplishments of Casey Hoy, Former Kellogg Chair and AMP Director

Fifteen highlights of Casey Hoy’s leadership of AMP over 15 years as the Kellogg Endowed Chair in Agroecosystems Management…

  • Internationally recognized conceptual development of definition and measurement of agroecosystem health and its relationship to food system sustainability and resilience.

  • Led the establishment of the Ben Stinner Endowment for Healthy Agroecosystems and Sustainable Agriculture.

  • Chaired the Stinner Endowment Committee to establish a 15-year tradition of annual Stinner Summits, facilitated the first 14 Summits, and co-facilitated the 15th.

  • Brought the review and awards for the Warner Grants under AMP’s management and established a consistently rigorous and timely process for the reviews and reports.

  • Established collaborations to promote economic development via diversified agricultural enterprises in Ohio, with ca. $3 million in grant funding from USDA, the NE Ohio-based Fund for Our Economic Future, and WKKF.

  • Led curriculum development and institutional approvals for the Associate of Science degree in Sustainable Agriculture at ATI, the interdepartmental and college-wide Bachelor of Science Major in Sustainable Agriculture at Ohio State, the specialization in Agroecosystems Science in the Environmental Science Graduate Program, established and facilitated the inter-institutional Ohio Sustainable Agricultural Education Network with USDA Higher Education Challenge grant funding.

  • Represented AMP and CFAES on the Ohio Food Policy Council under Governor Ted Strickland, chaired the Food Systems Assessment Taskforce, which set a foundation for future work in agriculture and food system informatics, and co-chaired the Ag Viability Task Force which furthered agriculture-based economic development in the Ohio Dept. of Development.

  • Co- author of the proposal for and co-founder of the WKKF endowed Inter-Institutional Network for Food Agriculture and Sustainability, served on the inaugural executive committee for INFAS and the organizing committee for two national food system conferences sponsored by INFAS, promoted a focus on racial equity in food systems as a key area of national collaboration among INFAS members.

  • Managed the review panel for the first two years of the USDA NIFA AFRI Agroecosystems Management Program (2014-2015), shaping conceptual development of the request for proposals and evaluation of agroecosystems management research proposals by USDA grant programs.

  • Led the Climate and Environment writing team and served as one of four faculty co-authors of the Framework for Data Analytics at Ohio State University.  Served on the faculty advisory committee for initial hiring and establishment of the Translational Data Analytics Institute.

  • Provided thought leadership in agriculture and food system sustainability and resilience for a WKKF-funded APLU commission to develop the public university agenda for supporting the goal of food security by 2050. Report published Spring 2017, The Challenge of Change Harnessing University Discovery, Engagement, and Learning to Achieve Food and Nutrition Security. Followed with co-authorship of an INFAS response, A deeper Challenge of Change: The role of land-grant universities in assessing and ending structural racism in the US food system

  • Led 50 faculty members from across the University in conceptualizing and writing the top-ranked University Discovery Theme proposal for establishment of the Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation, InFACT.

  • Served as Faculty Director of InFACT, managed the hiring and mentoring of 18 diverse faculty members in 6 colleges, hired the Executive Director, built a network of 125+ organizations, co-led the initiative to meet all metrics for success in a Discovery Theme program as outlined by the Provost.

  • Established a food system data science collaboration between TDAI, InFACT and AMP, with national and international collaborations and a leadership role in the $20 million NSF-funded ICICLE AI Institute.

  • Maintained a fiscally responsible balance in AMP funds for three consecutive 5-yr terms, negotiating an overhead return policy with OARDC administration, consistent grant funding of over $8.6 million to ensure both funding for projects and overhead return for base budget, and ending the final term with a positive balance in AMP funds.