Scholarship created for meat science graduate students in honor of industry leader and former professor

Roseland NJ, Oct. 28, 2009 - A researcher, teacher and businessman, Dell Allen, Ph.D., has devoted his career to the U.S. meat industry, pioneering advancements in food safety, meat quality and industry viability. To honor Allen for his industry contributions and to support the next generation of meat scientists, Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health has created a scholarship at Kansas State University in his name.

The establishment of the Dell Allen Scholarship was announced last night at the Meat Industry Hall of Fame banquet in Chicago where Allen was one of the inaugural inductees to the hall of fame.

"Allen has played a significant role in shaping today’s U.S. meat industry," says David Yates, Ph.D., associate director of production technologies, Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health. "Whether in the classroom, lab or boardroom, he has spent his career working to make our industry, and the people in it, even stronger."

Allen became a faculty member at Kansas State University (K-State) after completing his doctorate and taught at the university for 22 years in the department of Animal Sciences and Industry. In 1988, he left K-State to work for Excel Corp. as director of quality and training. During his tenure at Excel, which became Cargill Meat Solutions, Allen was an influential speaker at international food safety conferences and collaborated with government agencies, agriculture industry groups and consumer advocates. He held various leadership roles before retiring in 2004 as vice president of technical services and food safety.

"We are grateful to Allen for his years of service to K-State and his lasting influence on our program and students," says Ken Odde, professor and department head, Animal Sciences and Industry at K-State. "The Dell Allen Scholarship is a prime way to support the future of the industry while honoring one of today’s leaders."

The Dell Allen Scholarship will be provided to a K-State meat science graduate student. Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health will fund the scholarship for a minimum of three years.

For more information, contact Jim Miles with Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health via email [email protected]