Williamson Named Instructor in Department of Animal Science

Posted: August 21, 2013

Ohio native Ben Williamson has been named Instructor in the Department of Animal Science; will teach, coach and work with adult and 4-H Extension Animal Science teams.


 Ben Williamson has been named Instructor in Penn State's Department of Animal Science. A native of western Ohio, Williamson earned a B.S. degree from Morehead State University, Kentucky and an M.S. in beef cattle reproductive physiology from the University of Arkansas.

In this newly created position, Williamson will teach several livestock judging courses, including coaching the Penn State Livestock Judging Team. He also will coordinate the youth and adult Pork Quality Assurance programs and provide support to both the adult and 4-H Extension Animal Science teams.

Department Head Dr. Terry Etherton said, "We are very pleased to welcome Ben to our faculty. He brings enormous knowledge and experience, and will be a tremendous asset to our livestock programs. We are especially grateful to the PA Pork Producers Council, the PA Livestock Association and the PA Soybean Board for their financial support of this position."

Williamson said, "I am eager to be a part of the highly regarded Department of Animal Science at Penn State, and look forward to being a contributing member of the Department."

He has been an Animal Science instructor at Morehead State University where he also coached the livestock judging team. He was actively involved in the management and selection of the registered Angus cow herd, the commercial swine herd and the crossbred ewe flock.

He is a qualified judge for cattle, swine, meat goats and dairy goats, and has judged extensively throughout Arkansas, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee. He is also a certified ultrasound technician which allows him to collect carcass data on breeding animals.

Raised on a cattle, grain and hog farm in western Ohio, he continues to be involved with raising Simmental cattle, commercial swine and goats.