The Poultry Science Association has elected Randolph D. Mitchell as its 110th president. Mitchell is vice president of technical services for Perdue Foods LLC in Salisbury, Md. His responsibilities include the nutrition program, feed mill quality control, analytical laboratory, and live poultry research program. He joined Perdue in 1998 and served as director of nutrition until being promoted in 2012. He was formerly manager of research and development with British United Turkeys of America.
Mitchell received his MS and PhD in poultry science from the University of Georgia in 1992 and 1995, respectively, and an MBA from Salisbury University in 2006. Mitchell has been a member of PSA since 1991 and served on the board of directors from 2007 to 2010 before being elected second vice president in 2014.
"The Poultry Science Association has been an important part of my career," says Mitchell, "and I'm really excited to be given the honor of leading it during this historical year as we look forward to holding the first PSA Latin American meeting."
Mitchell succeeds David J. Caldwell, of Texas A&M University's Department of Poultry Science, as board president. Caldwell steps down from the board after one year as president. He will remain on the PSA board for one year as past president.
"It was a tremendous honor to serve as PSA President last year," Caldwell said. "I am proud of what the board of directors and the PSA executive staff were able to accomplish for the Association. Under President Randy Mitchell's leadership, I am confident great things are in store for PSA in the coming year."