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Sonny is a leading agricultural scientist and the President of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, which oversees regional accreditation for 162 higher education institutions. In 2012, he was appointed by President Obama to be Director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, where he served for six years.
Prior to his role in the federal government, Sonny was a member of the faculty and leadership teams of several universities. At institutions including Oregon State University, Purdue University, Kansas State University and Mississippi State University, he rose through the ranks from assistant professor to distinguished professor, department head and dean.
Sonny has been a board member of The QA Commons since 2024.
Sonny holds a Bachelors of Science in Agriculture and Masters of Science in Agriculture (Entomology) from the University of Agricultural Sciences in Bangalore. He received his Ph.D. in Entomology from Rutgers University and also completed the Management Development Program at Harvard University.
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