William H. Farland, Ph.D., ATS

William Farland is an independent consultant in environmental toxicology, risk assessment and public health. In addition, he is the Senior Advisor to the Executive Vice President, Colorado State University (CSU) and a professor in the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.   He also holds faculty positions in the CSU Center for Environmental Medicine and the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Colorado School of Public Health.  Formerly, Dr. Farland served as Vice President for Research at CSU from October, 2006 through September, 2013.  In 2006, Dr. Farland was appointed Deputy Assistant Administrator for Science in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD).  He had served as the EPA Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator since 2001.  In 2003, Dr. Farland was also appointed Chief Scientist in the Office of the Agency Science Advisor.  He served as the EPA’s Acting Science Advisor throughout 2005. Prior to that, he was the Director of the ORD’s National Center for Environmental Assessment.

Dr. Farland’s 27-year federal career was characterized by a commitment to the development of national and international approaches to the testing and assessment of the fate and effects of environmental agents.   Dr. Farland has continually served on numerous executive-level committees and advisory boards within the Federal government. In 2013, Dr. Farland was appointed to the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology (BEST) of the National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council (NAS/NRC) and took over as Chair of the Board in September, 2015. From 2010-2015, he chaired a standing committee of the NAS/NRC on Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions. He was also a member of an NAS/NRC Committee to Develop a Research Strategy for Environmental, Health, and Safety Aspects of Engineered Nanomaterials.  In 2002, Dr. Farland was recognized by the Society for Risk Analysis with the “Outstanding Risk Practitioner Award,” and in 2005 was appointed as a Fellow of the Society.  In 2006, he received a Presidential Rank Award for his service as a federal senior executive.  In 2007, he was elected as a Fellow, Academy of Toxicological Sciences. Dr. Farland continues to teach, publish and serve as a reviewer in environmental toxicology and risk assessment.

Dr. Farland holds a Ph.D. in cell biology and biochemistry and an M.A. in Zoology, both from the University of California-Los Angeles.  He earned a B.S. in Biology from Loyola University in Los Angeles, California.