Chandler, Ariz., Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Glenna McCollum Becomes 2013-2014 President of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
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CHICAGO – Registered dietitian nutritionist Glenna McCollum, vice president of health and nutrition for PhycoBiosciences, Inc., of Chandler, Ariz., began her one-year term June 1 as the 2013-2014 president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
With more than 75,000 members, the Academy is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. McCollum is the Academy’s 88th president. She has served as president-elect since June 2012.
"We know too well that our nation has paid a very high price for overlooking the power of nutrition in maintaining our health and well-being," McCollum said. "The costs are of economic concern to families and even a matter of national safety and security. Our country needs the strong, confident voices of the Academy to speak up, speak out and lead."
McCollum serves on Arizona's statewide leadership board of directors for Project CENTRL (Center for Rural Leadership). She was a founding member of Gold Canyon Bank and served as the inaugural president of Chandler University. Previously, McCollum was assistant dean and director of nutrition of Central Arizona College and chief executive officer of the Chandler Education Foundation.
A nationally known speaker and author, McCollum was the editor of more than 20 nutrition textbooks during her tenure at Central Arizona College. She directed the production of Giggles, Squiggles and Squirms, an early childhood education series promoting good nutrition, physical activity and parent involvement in early learning.
McCollum has served in many leadership positions throughout the Academy and in the dietetics profession, most recently as speaker of the House of Delegates and vice-chair of the Academy's Quality Management Committee.
"The Academy has made significant changes to facilitate our strategic positioning in the marketplace as food and nutrition leaders," McCollum said. "I want to challenge us to expand even further our leadership and influence. For example, we need to engage young members for future leadership roles within our organization. They have strong voices, are smart, energetic, tech-savvy and ready to engage. They are the pathway to our future."
A past president of the Arizona Dietetic Association, McCollum is also a past recipient of Arizona's Outstanding Dietitian of the Year Award. She was recognized as the Outstanding Woman of Chandler and received the Community Service Award from Project CENTRL.
McCollum is a graduate of Arizona State University. She earned a master's degree from Loma Linda University and a doctorate in management and organizational leadership from the University of Phoenix.
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The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at www.eatright.org.