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 www.fsli.org.
The Fellows honored include:
Thomas J. Baum
Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor, Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Iowa State University
Department Head, Entomology, College of Agriculture, Purdue University
Associate Vice President, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Oklahoma State University
Assistant Research Director, College of Agriculture, Communities and Environment, Kentucky State University
Chair, Plant and Soil Sciences, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, University of Delaware
Director, Post-Harvest Loss Innovation Lab, College of Agriculture and Department of Plant Pathology, Kansas State University
Program Director, Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health, College of Health and Human Sciences, Kansas State University
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
Associate Dean for Research, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, University of Missouri-Columbia
Regional Extension Coordinator, Delta Extension Region, Mississippi State University Extension Service
Desmond R. Layne
Department Head, Horticulture, College of Agriculture, Auburn University
Department Head, BioResource and Agricultural Engineering, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo
Department Head, Microbiological Sciences, CAFSNR, North Dakota State University
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
Program Director, Food Science, Schmid College of Science and Technology, Chapman University
Director, Iowa Pork Industry Center, Iowa State University
Director, Research & Development, Abbott Nutrition
Assistant Director, Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Leader, Extension, North Dakota State University
Professor and Associate Dean, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Maryland
Department Head, Agricultural Education, Technology and Innovation College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Arizona
Associate Dean and Director, Department Chair, OSU Extension, The Ohio State University