Vicosa, Brazil | Distinguished Ag Alumni: 1997
Dr. Bandeira is president-director of AGROS in Brazil, a social insurance institute for the Federal university of Vicosa’s employees. Agros provided health assistance to 16,000 active and retired university employees and their dependents. From 1992 to 1996, he served as rector (president) of the Federal University of Vicosa (UFV).
Dr. Bandeira has been associated with UFV since 1969, when he earned a master’s degree in agriculture economics. In 1970, he joined the UFV faculty. After earning his doctoral degree at Purdue in 1977, he returned to UFV as a faculty member in the Department of Agricultural Economics. During his tenure at UFV, he has advised numerous graduate students and taught a variety of courses. An avid researcher, he has published 28 technical and scientific papers.
While rector of UFV, Dr. Bandeira fostered an important relationship with Purdue University. By helping establish collaborative research projects and initiating discussions on a study abroad program, he nurtured a connection between the universities that benefits students and faculty at both institutions.
During his career, Dr. Bandeira has tirelessly served the UFV and the Vicosa community. He was a member of both the Graduate and Departmental Councils of UFV School of Agriculture. He was president of the Forum of the Rectors of the Federal Universities in Minas Gerais. Appointed by the governor of Minas Gerais, he served as a member of the Social and Economic Development Council for the state.
Dr. Bandeira has earned many prestigious honors. In 1976, while studying at Purdue, he was named a member of Gamma Sigma Delta, an agricultural honor society. In 1955, he received the Medal Santos Dummont from the state of Minas Gerais for his outstanding contributions to education. He also has received the Award of Distinction from the Brazilian Society of Agricultural Economic and Rural Sociology.