Dr. Leonard Williams, interim director of the Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies, has been awarded an Andrew Mellon HBCU Faculty Fellowship by the Salzburg Global Seminar. The fellowship will fund Williams’ travel to, and attendance at, a seminar entitled “Transforming Agricultural Development and Production in Africa: Closing Gender Gaps in Policy and Practice,” to be held in Salzburg, Austria Nov. 13 – 17.

The Salzburg Global Seminar organizes international gatherings of leaders in academia, government, business and non-profit organizations at its historic campus in Salzburg, where they test ideas and develop solutions to global problems. Emphasis is placed on developing cutting-edge ideas and proposals for action. The Seminar offers the opportunity to apply for the competitive fellowship to faculty from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, to enable their attendance at seminars that mesh with their leadership goals.

Williams, who is also lead scientist for food safety and microbiology at the Center, has focused much of his career on cultivating international outreach and partnerships. Prior to joining the faculty of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 2008, he was on the faculty of Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, where he developed a weekly global seminar with universities in several nations through satellite links, taught food safety technologies in the Dominican Republic and Guatemala, and participated in a month-long program to train scientists from several African nations in rapid detection methods for foodborne pathogens. “I am deeply honored to have received this fellowship, which will enable me to continue international outreach, especially in developing nations,” Williams said.

The Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies is housed at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, and is administered by the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at N.C. A&T in Greensboro.