Colien Hefferan, PhD, is the new administrator of the USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service.
CSREES focuses on advancing a global system of research, extension, and higher education in the food and agricultural sciences and related environmental and human sciences.
Dr. Hefferan joined the USDA in 1979 as an economist with the Agricultural Research Service. In 1988, she transferred to the Cooperative State Research Service, where she served as deputy administrator for Natural Resources, Food, and Social Sciences.
When CSREES was established, Dr. Hefferan was named deputy administrator for Competitive Research, Grants, and Award Management. She was acting administrator of CSREES until her appointment in September.