Keynote Talk: Dr. Jennifer Ryder Fox (Corbett Ballroom)

Date(s) - Thursday
9:00 am - 10:00 am


Session Chair:  Rachel Boren

Jersey Girl Learns About Agriculture and Green Chile

Jennifer Ryder Fox, PhD                                                       

Shortly after completing her PhD in woody plant physiology (Horticulture and Agronomy Dept.) at New Mexico State University, Jennifer Ryder Fox started her career in 1990 as Technical Service Coordinator for the Western Crop Protection Association (WCPA) in Sacramento, California. She was soon promoted to Director of Regulatory Affairs and Technical Services for that organization and remained with WCPA until 1994 when she was hired by FMC. With FMC Jennifer served as the Technical Service Representative and Regulatory Affairs Manager for three western states including California. In 1998 she was promoted to Regulatory Affairs Manager for FMC’s U.S. Southern Region until she was hired by AgraQuest Inc. as their Director of Regulatory Affairs. In 2000 AgraQuest promoted Dr. Fox to Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Commercial Development where she had global responsibilities for that company.

California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo) hired Dr. Fox in 2002 as a Professor and first department head for their newly formed Horticulture and Crop Science Department. Dr. Fox served as Department Head at Cal Poly until 2006 when she was appointed as Dean of the College of Agriculture for California State University, Chico. Dr. Fox served as dean until 2014 when she and her husband relocated to Las Cruces, NM.

Dr. Fox has worked on a part-time basis as an agricultural industry expert for New Mexico State University’s (NMSU) Arrowhead Center where she mentored entrepreneurs developing innovative technologies, services and devices focused on agriculture.

Throughout her career Dr. Fox served on numerous national, regional and statewide boards and committees and received various awards and recognitions including:

Board of Directors, Aquatrols Corporation of America, Philadelphia, PA (2012 – 2015)

Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Ag*IDEA Consortium (2010 – 2016)

Board of Directors and Past President, Non-land-grant Agricultural and Renewal Resources Universities (NARRU -formerly known as AASCARR), (2006 – 2015)

Plant & Environmental Science Dept. NMSU, 2013 Distinguished Alum

Board of Directors, and Vice Chair, Organic Materials Review Institute, Eugene, OR (2003 – 2009)

Advisory Board, Agricultural Sustainability Institute UC Davis, Davis, CA (2006 – 2012)

Advisory Council, Economic Development Council, CSU, Chico, Chico, CA (2006 – 2012)

Advisory Board, USDA Western Regional Integrated Pest Management. Program, UC Davis, Davis, CA (2002 – 2014)

Member, CA Department of Pesticide Regulation, Pest Management Advisory Committee, Sacramento, CA (1996 – 2014)

Chico Rotary Club (2008 – 2013)

Lowenstein Visiting Professor, NMSU, April 2005, Las Cruces, NM

Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award, June 2003; Awarded by National Science Foundation & US EPA, Washington, D.C.

American Chemical Society Western Regional Industrial Innovation Award, Oct. 2001, Sacramento, CA

Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration Agribusiness Seminar, January 2000, Cambridge, MA