Graduation

Fellows Honored at APLU Meeting

The Food Systems Leadership Institute Fellows Honored by Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)

Twenty-five Fellows of the Food Systems Leadership Institute (FSLI) were honored during a ceremony at the annual meeting of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) in San Diego, CA. The Fellows were recognized for their accomplishments in completing the FSLI executive leadership development program and for contributions they have made to their individual organizations and the broader higher education and food systems.

The FSLI is a 2-year program designed for experienced leaders in academia, government, and industry. Through a dynamic curriculum that includes three executive style residential sessions, individual coaching, mentoring, and personal projects, the FSLI seeks to enhance personal leadership ability, develop skills and knowledge for organizational change, and broaden perspectives on integrated food systems.

Fellows report that the FSLI experience has had a significant impact on their leadership abilities. Leadership growth can be measured in many different ways, and more than forty percent of all Fellows who have come through the program have experienced promotions, selection to lead high-profile initiatives, election to university-wide leadership posts, and other recognition. Other Fellows are using their enhanced leadership and broader food systems perspectives to lead change from their current positions.

The FSLI is a program of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities. It was created with financial support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and is operated in a partnership between North Carolina State University, The Ohio State University, and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

The FSLI Fellows honored, Cohort 14 include: 

Todd J. Applegate

Todd J. Applegate, PhD

Department Head, Poultry Science, University of Georgia

Indrajeet Chaubey

Indrajeet Chaubey

Dean & Director, College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, University of Connecticut

Jeff Edwards

Jeff Edwards

Department Head, Plant and Soil Sciences, Oklahoma State University

Garey Fox

Garey Fox

Department Head, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, NC State University

Kenneth R. Jones

Kenneth R. Jones

Director, Program and Staff Development, Community and Leadership Development, University of Kentucky

Venu Kalavacharla

Venu (Kal) Kalavacharla

Associate Dean for Research, Professor and Director, Center for Integrated Biological & Environmental Research, College of Agriculture Science and Technology, Delaware State University 

Stefan Niewiesk

Stefan Niewiesk

Professor and Former Chair of Veterinary Biosciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University

K.P. Sandeep

K.P. Sandeep

Department Head, Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, NC State University

Raymon Shange

Raymon Shange

Director of Carver Integrative Sustainability Center, Associate Extension Administrator/Associate Dean, College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences,  Tuskegee University

Tara P. Smith

Tara P. Smith

Regional Director, Central Region, Louisiana State University Agricultural Center

Johan B. Ubbink

Johan B. Ubbink

Professor and Head, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Minnesota

Shannon Washburn

Shannon Washburn

Professor and Chair, Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership, The Ohio State University –formerly Assistant Dean, College of Agriculture, Academic Programs, Kansas State University

Sheryl Barringer

Sheryl Barringer

Department Chair, Food Science and Technology, The Ohio State University

Susan E. Duncan

Susan E. Duncan

Associate Director, Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station, Virginia Tech

Deacue Fields

Deacue Fields

Dean and Associate Vice President, Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, University of Arkansas

Elena Irwin

Elena Irwin

Faculty Director, Sustainability Institute and Distinguished Professor of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences in Economics and Sustainability, The Ohio State University 

Stephanie Jung

Stephanie Jung

Department Head, Professor, Food Science and Nutrition, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Robert Kallenbach

Robert Kallenbach

Associate Dean and Senior Program Director – Agriculture and Environment Extension, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. University of Missouri

Tom Porter

Tom Porter

Professor, Department of Animal and Avian Sciences, University of Maryland

Neal Schrick

Neal Schrick

Department Head, Animal Science, University of Tennessee

Adel Shirmohammadi

Adel Shirmohammadi

Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Technology and Former Associate Dean for Research and Assoc Director of Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station, University of Maryland

Sriram R. Tharmapuram

Sriram R. Tharmapuram

Director-Consumer Science, Abbott Nutrition R & D

Bob Wagner

Bob Wagner

Professor and Head, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University

Hongwei Xin

Hongwei Xin

Dean and Director of UT AgResearch, University of Tennessee