ASPB Leadership

Sally Mackenzie

Sally Mackenzie

ASPB President

Sally A. Mackenzie is the Ralph and Alice Raikes Professor of Plant Science at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL), and from 1999–2010 she was Founding Director for the Center for Plant Science Innovation at UNL.  Before that, Sally served on the faculty from Assistant to Full Professor at Purdue University, which she joined in 1988.

Harry Klee

Harry Klee

ASPB President-Elect

Harry Klee holds the Dickman Chair for Plant Improvement at the University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville, where he moved in 1995 after 11 years at Monsanto. Harry’s research interests center around the biochemistry and genetics underlying flavor in tomato and other fruit crops, and he has pioneered the use of transgenic plants to elaborate in vivo hormone function.

Rick Dixon

Rick Dixon

ASPB Past President

Rick Dixon is the Past President of ASPB and a distinguished research Professor of Biology at the University of North Texas.  He was previously Founding Director of the Plant Biology Division at the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Ardmore, Oklahoma, where he worked from 1988-2013. Rick’s research interests include: modification of lignin and cell wall polymers in bioenergy crops; improvement of forage quality in alfalfa; flavonoid compounds and human health