IGP names new assistant director
by World Grain staff
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MANHATTAN, KANSAS, U.S. — In response to the growing initiatives of the International Grains Program (IGP) Institute at Kansas State University (KSU), Brandi Miller has recently been named assistant director. In her expanded role, Miller will continue to support the IGP Institute programming and take on additional leadership responsibilities.
“Brandi has done an outstanding job since joining us in 2010. Through her leadership efforts, we have successfully grown and integrated our distance education program into the mission of the IGP Institute,” said Dirk Maier, IGP Institute director and department head of grain science and industry at KSU.
Along with her duties as assistant director, Miller will maintain her role as coordinator of on-line education and professional development and associate director of the GEAPS/KKSU distance education and credentialing program.
“Under Brandi’s leadership, our distance learning offerings in partnership with GEAPS have grown exponentially from five course offerings with 139 participants in 2008 to 18 offerings with 565 participants in 2013,” Maier said. Feed manufacturing distance courses have been added in collaboration with AFIA and flour milling offerings through the IGP Institute. Most distance and on-site courses are now available for CEUs and a professional credential is offered with GEAPS in grain operations management.
Miller is a 2004 graduate of Kansas State University holding a degree in bakery science and management. Upon her graduation she worked for Quaker Oats. She returned to the grain science and industry department at Kansas State in January 2010 initially as the department’s distance education coordinator. She obtained her master’s degree in adult, occupational and continuing education in 2013 from Kansas State.
In looking to her new role Miller says, “I am delighted to have such an opportunity. The IGP Institute has had growth in several areas over the last few years and I look forward to continuing that trend for the future.”
The IGP Institute offers trainings in the areas of feed manufacturing and grain management, flour milling and grain processing, and grain marketing and risk management. To learn more about the educational opportunities offered through the IGP Institute visit www.grains.k-state.edu/igp.