Dr. James Reecy currently serves as an Associate Vice President for Research where he oversees the Office of Sponsored Programs Administration and internal funding programs and fosters the development of interdisciplinary teams. He joined the faculty of Iowa State University in February of 1999 and is currently a Professor in the Department of Animal Science. He received a B.S. degree from South Dakota State University; an M.S. degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia; and a Ph.D. degree from Purdue University. He served as the Director of the Office of Biotechnology, which administered 10 fee-for-service core facilities for 10 years. Dr. Reecy currently is the NRSP-8 database coordinator, where he leads national efforts to improve the computational resources available for genomics research on livestock species. In addition, he is currently serving as a 2018 Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) Council on Research Fellow. During his career, Dr. Reecy has worked on problems in ruminant nutrition, skeletal muscle growth and development, embryonic heart development, beef and mouse molecular and quantitative genetics, and livestock bioinformatics. His lab has worked on beef cattle molecular genetics with a focus on improving the nutrient content of beef and the health of cattle, as well as, the development of database resourced to facilitate genomics research.