Dr. Tammy R. Beckham, who has served as interim director since March, has been appointed to the position of director of the National Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense (FAZD Center) at Texas A&M University.

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"We are fortunate and excited to have a candidate with Dr. Beckham's reputation, education and experience to lead the FAZD Center," said Dr. Mark A. Hussey, vice chancellor and dean of agriculture and life sciences at Texas A&M. "Her relationships within industry and government, her experience at Plum Island and her knowledge of emerging and zoonotic diseases are invaluable assets." Beckham will also serve as director of the Institute for Countermeasures against Agricultural Bioterrorism.