Student, Iowa State University, 1955—1957. Bachelor of Science, Texas Tech University, 1960. Master of Science, 1968.
Doctor of Education, 1971. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Arizona, 1993.
Postgraduate Colorado State University, 1970, Michigan State University, 1971. Assistant professor home economics Texas Tech University, Lubbock, 1972—1976, associate professor, associate dean home economics, 1976—1980. Deputy director Office of Higher Education, Department Agriculture, Washington, 1980—1982, director, 1982—1990.
Deputy administrator Cooperative State Research Service, Department Agriculture, since 1990.
Member of American Council Consumer Interests (dissertation research award 1972), Omicron Nu, Phi Upsilon Omicron, Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Xi.
Married Gene Edward Coulter, April 18, 1957 (divorced 1967). Children: Kimberly Shannon, Patrick Eugene, Katherine Venet.