Ames, Iowa – Lorraine Lanningham-Foster was named Chair Department of Food Sciences and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University on July 1, 2022.
Since July 2021, she has been the acting chair of the department.
“I am delighted that Lorraine has accepted this role and am thrilled to see her continue the work she began when she was chair of the department,” said Daniel J. Robison, Chair of the Empowered Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. . “Her extensive experience and many years of experience in food sciences and human nutrition will be a huge asset as she continues to guide the department on a path of constant innovation and preparing students for success in their future careers.”
“Her deep and extensive experience in teaching, research, dissemination and knowledge dissemination makes her a strong advocate for excellence in the field,” said Laura Dunn Jolly, dean and chair of the College of Humanities. “Lorraine’s vision of working collaboratively with students, faculty, staff and partners, and her passion for the student experience, will provide exemplary leadership for the department’s future.”
Lanningham-Foster received her bachelor’s degree in nutrition/nutrition science and her master’s degree in food management, nutrition, and food service from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She also holds a PhD in Dietetics from the University of Florida.
She came to Iowa State in 2008 as an assistant professor and then served as an associate department chair from 2018 to 2021.
She has taught a number of undergraduate and graduate courses at Iowa State related to nutrition, obesity, and weight management. Her research focuses on the relationship of pediatric obesity, nutrition, and physical activity with the aim of developing intervention programs for pediatric obesity based on her scientific findings.
During her tenure as interim department chair, Lanningham-Foster led the department in improving communications as well as implementing the new “You’re the best!” peer recognition award. She also led the launch and restructuring of the Master’s Professional Practice in Nutrition and supported the RN-to-BSN program through its accreditation process.
“I am honored and delighted to be selected as the next FSHN Chapter Chief,” said Lanningham-Foster. “It will be a privilege for me to work with outstanding faculty, staff and students in my new role. I also look forward to working with Dean Jolly and Dean Robison in college.”
Lanningham-Foster was succeeded by Ruth McDonald, who served as department chair for 17 years before joining the administrative team of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition is administered by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Human Sciences. It offers six majors and five minors, as well as five graduate programs and an online certificate program.