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Changes at the Helm

IGP Institute appoints new director and interim associate director.

It has been said that change is the only Miller too has seen a shift in responsibilities stakeholder participation in IGP activities.
constant in this world in which we live. with the announcement of Mark Fowler’s For example, representatives from all four
For the IGP Institute in 2015 changing departure. In her role as interim associate of IGP’s Kansas stakeholder commodities
leadership was ever present. With such director, Miller serves as the administrative met with the Cochran group from
change comes a time of reflection and an head of the IGP Institute. She also Morocco throughout their two-week
opportunity to embrace a new vision for continues to lead the distance program. experience learning about cereal and
the future. feed management.
“Brandi brings strong leadership and is a
Meet the Leaders conduit between our stakeholders and “It is such a great experience for our
Early in 2015, Gordon Smith, began his the department,” says Gordon Smith. participants when they can meet with
role as department head of grain science Institute Direction the stakeholders and their respective
and industry and director of the IGP With new leadership guiding the program, organization members,” Miller says.
Institute. Smith replaces Dirk Maier. many wonder what this means for the “I hope we can create more of those
IGP Institute, its international participants opportunities in the future.”
“Dr. Smith brings astute and prudent and stakeholders.
leadership and a wealth of ideas, energy Since beginning her role, Miller has Along with bringing stakeholders and
and experience to the position,” says John worked to increase the presence of participants together, Miller, Smith and
Floros, dean of the College of Agriculture the IGP curriculum managers have been
at Kansas State University. Smith joined on the road meeting with IGP supporters
the team after completing more than to learn how the institute faculty and staff
30 years working for the food industry. can best serve their needs.

His industry experiences give him a fresh About the future, Miller says, “We are
perspective according to Brandi Miller, committed to strategic growth as those
distance education coordinator and opportunities align with the mission of
IGP Institute interim associate director. the IGP Institute.”
About Smith she says, “He brings real life
application and an industry connection to
the job.”

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  • Updated: 5/29/18