THE COUNCIL for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) has selected John M. Bonner to serve as its new executive vice president, effective July 1, 2005. He succeeds Teresa A. Gruber, who tendered her resignation Dec. 1, 2004.

“Dr. Bonner is particularly suited for the responsibilities required of CAST's executive vice president,” said Stanley M. Fletcher, CAST president. “Not only does he have extensive experience in supervising and encouraging staff members and coworkers, he 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 Corporation (first as marketing planning manager and then as international area technical manager) and Bio-Zyme Enterprises, Inc. (as director of technical marketing).

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