UT AgResearch Associate Dean Appointed to Presidential Advisory Council


David White, UT AgResearch Associate Dean
David White, associate dean for University of Tennessee AgResearch and a professor of food science within the UT Institute of Agriculture, has been appointed as one of four new voting members to the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (PACCARB).​ Photo courtesy UTIA. Download image. 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  — David White, associate dean for University of Tennessee AgResearch and a professor of food science within the UT Institute of Agriculture, has been appointed as one of four new voting members to the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (PACCARB). He begins his duties at the council’s first 2019 meeting Jan. 30-31 in Washington D.C.

The emergence and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria represents a serious threat to public health and the economy. Originally established in September 2014 by executive order, PACCARB’s mission is to provide advice, information and recommendations to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services related to federal programs and policies intended to prevent and control illness and death related to antibiotic-resistant infections. 

The federal government works domestically and internationally to detect, prevent and control illness and death related to antibiotic-resistant infections. In addition to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the advisory council also consults with the Secretaries of Defense and Agriculture.

“There is an urgent need for implementation of global strategies to stem the rise of antimicrobial-resistant pathogens, and I am looking forward to participating in the PACCARB to ensure these approaches are collaborative and coordinated among industry, academia, the federal government and the many stakeholders who have a vested interested in preserving the effectiveness of these therapeutics,” White said.

White holds a Ph.D. in veterinary science from the Pennsylvania State University as well as M.S. and B.S. degrees in animal sciences from the Universities of Kentucky and Vermont, respectively. He is currently serving as an associate dean for UT AgResearch and associate director of the ten UT AgResearch and Education centers. His qualifications for this advisory council role include his past experience as chief science officer/research director for the Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; director of the Office of Research at FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine; as well as director of the U.S. National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS). 

White has also served as the co-chair of the U.S. Interagency Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance and as the U.S. delegate to the Codex Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance. He is a past member of the Ad hoc Group on Antimicrobial Resistance, Office International des Epizooties (OIE), Paris, France; is editor of the book Frontiers in Antibiotic Resistance (ASM Press, Washington D.C.); and is on the editorial board of the journal Foodborne Pathogens and Disease. White has worked extensively across federal agencies, international organizations and academia to coordinate antimicrobial resistance issues, in particular harmonization of AMR surveillance systems and exploration of new metagenomics platforms.
White has been appointed to serve a four-year term and will serve that term while also maintaining his role with UT AgResearch. Information about additional voting members of the council is available at the PACCARB website: hhs.gov/ash/advisory-committees/paccarb/index.html.

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