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Clemson University
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Charles Santerre

CAFLS Director of Ag Policy Development & Professor
Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences Department

Office: P&A 240
Phone: 864-656-8557



Educational Background

Ph.D. Environmental Toxicology & Food Science
Michigan State University 1989

B.S. Human Nutrition
Michigan State University 1983


Charles R. Santerre, Ph.D. is the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences (CAFLS) Director for Ag Policy Development at Clemson University where he previously served as the Department Chair of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences. His past research focused on food toxicology and balancing the risks and benefits of consuming seafood for sensitive populations. He currently serves on the EPA’s Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee. He previously served as a Senior Policy Advisor for agriculture and health in the White House where he played a key role during the development of two Presidential Executive Orders e.g., “Modernizing the Regulatory Framework for U.S. Agricultural Biotechnology Products,” and “Promoting American Seafood Competitiveness and Economic Growth.” Santerre received a prestigious National Academy of Sciences, Jefferson Science Fellow appointment and was hosted by the U.S. Department of State. He was appointed to the FDA’s, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition’s Food Advisory Committee. He was an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow and sponsored by the USDA-FSIS, Office of Public Health Science, Risk Assessment Division where he developed and helped to implement a vision for identifying, measuring, and responding to emerging chemical contaminants in meat and poultry products. His past positions include academic and administrative roles at Purdue University, the Ohio State University, the University of Georgia, and Michigan State University. Santerre has extensive experience involving ag policy development and has cooperated with federal agencies including: USDA-ARS, -NIFA, -FSIS, EPA, FDA, State, NOAA, and EOP-OSTP. Santerre has also been an effective science communicator with over 300 media contacts and 23 press releases.

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