Fellows Honored at APLU Meeting

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

Twenty-six Fellows of the Food Systems Leadership Institute (FSLI) were honored during a virtual ceremony at the annual meeting of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). 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 the FSLI Fellow Alumni have experienced promotions, selection to lead high-profile initiatives, election to university-wide leadership posts, and other recognitions. 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. More information on the FSLI is available at

The Fellows honored include: 

Mohamed Ahmedna

Dean, College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, North Carolina A&T State University

Thomas J. Baum

Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor, Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Iowa State University

Stephen Cameron

Department Head, Entomology, College of Agriculture, Purdue University

Darrell Donahue

Previously served as Chair & Director, Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering/Institute of Water Research, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, at Michigan State University (currently serving as Dean and Director of Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, at West Virginia University)

Damona Doye

Associate Vice President, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Oklahoma State University

Bob Durborow

Assistant Research Director, College of Agriculture, Communities and Environment, Kentucky State University

Erik Ervin

Chair, Plant and Soil Sciences, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, University of Delaware

Will Evans

Previously served as Department Head, Food Science Nutrition and Health Promotion, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, at Mississippi State University (currently serving as Executive Associate Dean, for Academic Affairs in the College of Nursing and Health Professions at The University of Southern Mississippi)

Jagger Harvey

Director, Post-Harvest Loss Innovation Lab, College of Agriculture and Department of Plant Pathology, Kansas State University

Mark Haub

Program Director, Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health, College of Health and Human Sciences, Kansas State University

Tiffany Heng-Moss

Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Woodie Hughes, Jr.

Assistant Extension Administrator State 4-H Program Leader, Cooperative Extension Program, Fort Valley State University

Shibu Jose

Associate Dean for Research, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, University of Missouri-Columbia

Curt Lacy

Regional Extension Coordinator, Delta Extension Region, Mississippi State University Extension Service

Desmond R. Layne

Department Head, Horticulture, College of Agriculture, Auburn University

Peter Livingston

Department Head, BioResource and Agricultural Engineering, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo

John McEvoy

Department Head, Microbiological Sciences, CAFSNR, North Dakota State University

David Monks

Associate Director, NC Agricultural Research Service, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NC State University

Steven M. Neal

Associate Dean and Director for Academic Programs, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, The Ohio State University

Anuradha Prakash

Program Director, Food Science, Schmid College of Science and Technology, Chapman University

Jason Ross

Director, Iowa Pork Industry Center, Iowa State University

Dustin Starkey

Director, Research & Development, Abbott Nutrition

Charles Stoltenow

Assistant Director, Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Leader, Extension, North Dakota State University

Joe Sullivan

Professor and Associate Dean, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Maryland

Bobby Torres

Department Head, Agricultural Education, Technology and Innovation College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Arizona

Jacqueline Wilkins

Associate Dean and Director, Department Chair, OSU Extension, The Ohio State University