The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) has selected John M. Bonner to be its new executive vice president effective July 1, 2005. He succeeds Teresa A. Gruber, who tendered her resignation last December.

“Dr. Bonner is particularly suited for the responsibilities required of CAST's EVP,” says Stanley M. Fletcher, CAST president. “Not only does he have extensive experience in supervising and encouraging staff members and coworkers, he also is proficient in both development and implementation of successful, profitable agricultural programs and altogether demonstrates broad, articulate leadership and initiative.”

Bonner received his Ph.D. from Iowa State University with a nutrition physiology major and economics and physiology minors.

Earlier in his career he was employed by the International Minerals and Chemical Corp. (first as marketing planning manager and then as international area technical manager) and at Bio-Zyme Enterprises, Inc. where he was director of technical marketing.

For the past 15 years Bonner has been employed by Land O'Lakes Purina Feed (LOL) LLC, first as beef production manager and then as beef production and marketing manager. Most recently, he has served as LOL training and marketing manager and eastern sales manager.

Bonner will be located in the CAST office in Ames, Iowa, and may be reached at (515) 292-2125.