Michael W. Neff has been the Executive Director of the American Society for Horticultural Science since 2000. He previously served ASHS as Director of the Executive Management Team from 1997 - 1999, Assistant Executive Director/Publications Director from 1987 - 1997, and Managing Editor from 1985 - 1987. Prior to joining ASHS, he was an editor with the National Academy of Sciences, serving on the Transportation Research Board and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He graduated from Ohio University in 1981 with a B.S. in Magazine Journalism. Neff is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and the Society for Scholarly Publishing. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the National Junior Horticultural Association and as one of three U.S. representatives on the Council of the International Society for Horticultural Science. Neff is a strong supporter of horticultural science, education, and outreach, and believes horticulture is critical to meeting the challenges facing humankind for food, health, and well-being now and in the future.