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Texas A&M Dean Named Senior Academic Advisor for the Bush China-U.S. Relations Foundation

[Photo: L-R: Ambassador Bost, Mr. Neil Bush, Dr. Elsa Murano, Dean Maddock]

Dr. Jay Maddock, dean of the Texas A&M School of Public Health, has been appointed as Senior Academic Advisor to the George H.W. Bush China-U.S. Relations Foundation.

The Bush China U.S. Relations Foundation continues President George H.W. Bush’s vision and legacy of establishing better understanding, closer ties and broad collaboration between the People’s Republic of China and the U.S. In conjunction with the Chinese Peoples Association of Friendship with Foreign Countries, the foundation works to promote bi-lateral collaboration on the most pervasive issues facing the world in the 21st century. By giving government, business and academic leaders opportunities for meaningful exchange, the foundation works to strengthen bonds and discover new synergies to create a more peaceful and prosperous future.

Dean Maddock’s main role in the foundation will be to lead the planning group for the 7th George H.W. Bush China-U.S. Relations Conference to be held in Washington, DC, October 29-31, 2018. The focus of the conference is the crucial role of China and the U.S. in preventing, preparing for and responding to food crisis. Public health and agricultural infrastructures must be capable of responding to food security threats by developing an integrated, resistant, global strategy that includes global food production and distribution in a changing climate, risk assessment, diagnostics, intervention and antimicrobial resistance. This strategy relies on developing and deploying state-of-the-art technology and educating highly skilled professionals in agriculture, public health and related fields.

“I am honored to be able to play a role in carrying on the legacy of President Bush on a topic that affects the health and well-being of people across the globe,” said Dean Maddock.

Mr. Neil Bush, son of President Bush, serves as the chairman of the foundation.

“We are delighted to have Dean Maddock serve in this role,” Mr. Bush said. “As an outstanding leader in public health, he is able to attract the best scientists, innovators and policy makers to this conference.”

Dean Maddock is joined by Dr. Elsa Murano, director of the Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture, Ambassador Eric Bost (Ret.), associate director for external relations of the Borlaug Institute and others on the planning committee. For more information on the foundation and conference please visit