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Dr. Bill Farland, Senior Vice President for Research

Dr. William H. Farland is the Vice President for Research at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. He is also a Professor in the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at that institution. He serves as the chief institutional advocate and facilitator for faculty research activities and is responsible for programmatic excellence in research. Specific responsibilities of the position include oversight and promotion of external research funding and associated regulations, needs and capabilities; serving as liaison with federal research officials and agencies; identification of research opportunities; and development and oversight of interdisciplinary programs and research centers.


In 2006, Dr Farland was appointed Deputy Assistant Administrator for Science in the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD). He had served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator since 2001. In 2003, Dr. Farland was also appointed Chief Scientist in the Office of the Agency Science Advisor. He served as EPA’s Acting Science Advisor throughout 2005. Formerly, he was the Director of the ORD’s National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) which had major responsibility for the conduct of chemical-specific risk assessments in support of EPA regulatory programs, the development of Agency-wide guidance on risk assessment, and the conduct of research to improve risk assessment. Dr. Farland’s 27 year federal career was characterized by a commitment to the development of national and international approaches to the testing and assessment of the fate and effects of environmental agents.


Dr. Farland holds a Ph.D. (1976) from UCLA in Cell Biology and Biochemistry. Dr. Farland served on a number of executive-level committees and advisory boards within the Federal government. In 2005-2006, he chaired the Executive Committee of the National Toxicology Program (NTP). He is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Risk Sciences and Public Policy Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, a public member of the American Chemistry Council’s Strategic Science Team for its Long Term Research Initiative (ACC/LRI) and a member of the Programme Advisory Committee for the WHO’s International Programme on Chemical Safety. Dr. Farland currently serves as Chair of an External Advisory Group for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and as a member of a standing committee of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences. In 2002, Dr. Farland was recognized by the Society for Risk Analysis with the “Outstanding Risk Practitioner Award,” and in 2005 was appointed as a Fellow of the Society. In 2006, he received a Presidential Rank Award for his service as a federal senior executive. In 2007, he was elected as a Fellow, Academy of Toxicological Sciences. He continues to teach and publish and has been a member of the Editorial Board for Risk Analysis, Environmental Health Perspectives and Chemosphere.