Head of KSU grain science department to step down

by Emily Buckley
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MANHATTAN, KANSAS, U.S. — Brendan Donnelly, head of the Department of Grain Science and Industry at Kansas State University, its International Grains Program and the driving force behind a multi-million dollar expansion at KSU, will step down July 1, 2004.

A national search for Donnelly’s successor will begin this fall, KSU said.

"I’ve decided it’s time for me to step back and let some younger person come in and provide new leadership for the department," Donnelly said. "It’s been an honor to head the only academic grain science program in the United States."

Donnelly, 66, has been head of the department since August 1996. Upon his departure, he will continue to work part time and assist with fund raising for the new grain science complex and with the university’s IGP for three years.

"Brendan Donnelly should be recognized as an outstanding leader who brought vision to his role as department head," said George Ham, interim dean and director of KSU’s College of Agriculture. "The (new) buildings are a reflection of that vision."

Prior to joining KSU, Donnelly was interim vice-president for agriculture and university outreach at North Dakota State University.