Dr. Colien Hefferan (BS Home Economics '71) received the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Eugene G. Sander Lifetime Achievement Award in a ceremony on Friday, May 1st, 2015.
Dr. Colien Hefferan is director of the U.S. National Arboretum. The arboretum, which is operated by USDA's Agricultural Research Service, is both a research facility and a public garden in Washington, D.C., visited by more than 475,000 people each year.
"Dr. Hefferan is instrumental in preserving this treasure while leading it into the future and continuing its mission of research, education and conservation."
Previously Hefferan served as advisor to the director of USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Prior to that, she was administrator of USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES). She also served as associate administrator and acting administrator of CSREES before being appointed administrator in 2000.
Hefferan began working for USDA in 1979 as an economist with the ARS Family Economics Research Group. She transferred to the Cooperative State Research Service in 1988, where she served as deputy administrator for Natural Resources, Food and Social Sciences. She joined CSREES when it was first established in 1994 as the deputy administrator for Competitive Research, Grants and Awards Management.
She holds a Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of Illinois and a B.S. from the University of Arizona. Before joining USDA, Hefferan was a research fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra, an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland and an assistant professor of behavioral economics at Pennsylvania State University.
"Dr. Hefferan has outstanding leadership skills and extensive outreach experience that will prove invaluable to the Arboretum," said Edward B. Knipling, administrator of USDA's Agricultural Research Service, which operates the arboretum.
Watch the presentation here - https://youtu.be/2J0tTBljDus?t=1m11s