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Proctor, University Professor Emeritus in Food Science, Named Suffolk Visiting Professor

Written by Mamie M. Arndt

Andy Proctor, who retired as University Professor of food science in 2019, is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Chemistry and the American Oil Chemists' Society.

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Andy Proctor, who retired as University Professor of food science in 2019, is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Chemistry and the American Oil Chemists’ Society.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Andy Proctor, University Professor emeritus in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Science’s Department of Food Science, has been appointed to a visiting professor position at the University of Suffolk in the United Kingdom.

Proctor is assisting with food science academically and with international programs. He will assist in teaching, directing food science research and facilitating new international academic programs between the United Kingdom, European Union and the United States.

His appointment began in October and runs through September 2023, and is with the University of Suffolk’s School of Engineering Arts, Science and Technology.

“I anticipate assisting in developing the new food science program, and creating new international transatlantic and European research and educational experiences,” said Proctor. “Hopefully we can develop new opportunities for U of A and Bumpers College to gain international academic and professional experiences in food, health and ag business in Suffolk, which has major food and agriculture sectors.”

Proctor, who retired in 2019, joined the U of A faculty in 1993 as associate professor of lipid chemistry. He was promoted to full professor in 2002 and University Professor in 2013.

He has taught lipid chemistry and U.S. food law, and conducted research in lipid chemistry and agricultural co-products utilization. His later lipid chemistry research focused on increasing the nutritional value of vegetable oils by enhancing CLA oil levels by catalysis. Proctor has three patents on this novel technology. He also developed technology for extraction of silicate and carbon from rice hull ash, which was commercialized by the rice industry.

Proctor has more than 120 peer reviewed publications and for 20 years served as either associate editor or senior associate editor for the Journal of America Oil Chemists’ Society. In 2015, Proctor was the Fulbright-Austria Visiting Professor in Natural Sciences at the Institute of Chemistry at the University of Graz, Austria. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Chemistry and the American Oil Chemists’ Society.

Proctor has been active in nurturing E.U.-U.S. international programs by serving as U.S. Director of two inter-disciplinary E.U.-U.S. Atlantis Programs in “biorenewables and green technology” funded by the U.S. Department of Education (2004-09) (2008-13). He facilitated students exchanges and international short courses with colleagues at Austrian, Belgian, French and U.S. universities, a partnership which continues after government funding. He also served as director Bumpers College’s international programs.

About the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences: Bumpers College provides life-changing opportunities to position and prepare graduates who will be leaders in the businesses associated with foods, family, the environment, agriculture, sustainability and human quality of life; and who will be first-choice candidates of employers looking for leaders, innovators, policy makers and entrepreneurs. The college is named for Dale Bumpers, former Arkansas governor and longtime U.S. senator who made the state prominent in national and international agriculture. For more information about Bumpers College, visit our website, and follow us on Twitter at @BumpersCollege and Instagram at BumpersCollege.

About the University of Arkansas: The University of Arkansas provides an internationally competitive education for undergraduate and graduate students in more than 200 academic programs. The university contributes new knowledge, economic development, basic and applied research, and creative activity while also providing service to academic and professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Arkansas among only 3 percent of colleges and universities in America that have the highest level of research activity. U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of Arkansas among its top American public research universities. Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas comprises 10 colleges and schools and maintains a low student-to-faculty ratio that promotes personal attention and close mentoring.

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Mamie M. Arndt