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Joel G. Newman

Joel G. Newman (‘71 BS)

Joel G. Newman was raised in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania. He received his bachelor’s degree in animal science from West Virginia University in 1971 and an MBA from Syracuse University.

Joel is President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Feed Industry Association – only the seventh president in the association’s 104-year history. His prior AFIA affiliation included serving as chairman of the board and four terms as a director. AFIA is the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to representing the business, legislative and regulatory interests of the animal feed industry and its suppliers. Membership includes 550 domestic and international companies; and national, state, and regional associations. Member companies include feed and pet food manufacturers, integrated livestock and poultry companies, pharmaceutical companies, ingredient suppliers, equipment manufacturers and companies which supply products and services to these agricultural sectors. The feed industry makes a major contribution to food safety, nutrition and the environment, and over 75% of the commercial feed in the United States is manufactured by AFIA members.

In this role, Joel has been recognized for his leadership in working with congress, regulatory agencies (at the national and state levels) and universities to increase the safety and abundance of our food supply, while protecting the economic viability of the industry. A critical component of this endeavor has been his leadership in the industry adoption of the AFIA voluntary feed and food safety certification program, which is a comprehensive set of standards of excellence that have been recognized by FDA as a factor used in their risk assessment of industry operations. Joel has also expanded the feed industry initiative to include prominent global industry involvement in the areas of feed and food safety, trade, research and education. He has traveled worldwide representing the U.S. feed industry and has been invited to speak to groups in England, Italy, Switzerland, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Japan, Brazil, China, and South Africa.

Joel is a director of the International Feed Industry Federation, headquartered in the United Kingdom, where he chairs the Policy Committee and led the establishment of the annual International Feed Regulators Conference. He is an appointed member of the U. S. Secretary of Agriculture’s Agriculture Technical Advisory Committee, where he advises the United States Department of Agriculture on negotiations of international trade agreements and other trade related issues. Joel serves on the U.S. Delegation for Codex Alimentarius, which establishes global food safety and trade standards. He also recently served on President Obama’s Food Safety Initiative. In 2009, Joel led the establishment of an industry foundation, the Institute for Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER), to fund future education and research priorities of the industry, and serves as President of the foundation.

Prior to his present position, Joel served in several positions, from sales to CEO leadership, where he was recognized for successfully “turning around” and strategically growing businesses in various agri-business segments, including retail, petroleum, food processing, agronomy and commercial feed.

Joel has maintained strong ties to his community and WVU. He has served as a director on the boards of various organizations, including the New York State Agribusiness Development Corporation, the Food & Agriculture Leadership Institute of New York, the United Way of Central New York, the Syracuse Symphony, and the Seneca Falls and New York Board of Education. He currently serves as a member of the WVU Davis College Comprehensive Campaign Committee, and he is assisting in the development of a mentorship program. In 2012, he was honored to provide the 2012 Davis College commencement address.

Joel and his wife Suellen reside in Fairfax, Virginia, and are the proud parents of sons, Greg and Jason, and daughter-in-law, Libby.