Govind Kannan

Department Head of Poultry Science

Department Heads & Managers / Poultry Science



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201 Poultry Science Building
Auburn Univ, AL 36801



  • 1996: Ph.D. (Poultry Science), University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  • 1988: M.V.Sc. (Master of Veterinary Science) Madras Veterinary College, Tamilnadu Agricultural University, India
  • 1986: B.V.Sc. (Bachelor of Veterinary Science, Equivalent to D.V.M.) Madras Veterinary College, Tamilnadu Agricultural University, India


  • 2024-Current: Head for the Department of Poultry Science, Auburn University
  • 2024-Current: Director of the Charles C. Miller Poultry Research and Education Center, Auburn University
  • 2019-2024: Vice President for Land-Grant Affairs and Economic Development, Fort Valley State University (FVSU), Fort Valley, GA
  • 2008-2024: Professor of Animal Science, FVSU
  • 2010-2018: Dean and Director, College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology (CAFST), FVSU
    • (Jan-June, 2014 – Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, FVSU)
  • 2008-2010: Assistant Dean for Research, FVSU
  • 2003-2007: Associate Professor of Animal Science, FVSU
  • 2003-2007: Director, Georgia Small Ruminant Research and Extension Center
  • 2003-2009: Coordinator, Animal Science Undergraduate and Graduate Programs
  • 1997-2002: Assistant Professor of Animal Science, FVSU
  • 1996-1997: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Animal Science, University of California at Davis, CA


  • 2019: Selected for the Americas Exchange Program (ACE) Class of 2019. Attended the 12th ACE Program in Santiago de Chile.
  • 2017: 1890 Leadership Award.
  • 2017: Outstanding Leadership Award, Association of 1890 Research Directors [ARD; comprising of 19 land-grant institutions in the southeastern US; one of the Regional Associations of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities’ (APLU) Board on Agriculture Assembly (BAA)].
  • 2017: Champion of Research Excellence Award, Seventh Annual Research Day, FVSU.
  • 2014: Appointed by the US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to serve on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Committee representing the National Food Animal Science Society constituency.
  • 2014: Twentieth Century Agriculturalist Award, Agriculture Alumni Association, FVSU.
  • 2012: Recognized by the White House as “Strengthening Food Security Champion of Change.” Served on the Strengthening Global Food Security Panel. Received a letter of appreciation from President Barak Obama.
  • 2012: Invited by the Undersecretary of Agriculture and USDA Chief Scientist, Dr. Catherine Woteki, to attend a Mini-Summit on Agricultural Research in Qingdao, China.


  • Member of the American Society of Animal Science (25 years)
  • Member of the International Goat Association (~20 years)
  • ASAS Membership and Growth Subcommittee
  • Editorial Board Member for the journal Frontiers in Animal Science
  • Editorial Board Member for the journal Animals
  • As an administrator, actively associated with
    • 1890 Deans’ Council
    • Association of 1890 Research Directors, Inc.
    • Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities