Shawn Thiele interim associate director of IGP
Shawn Thiele

MANHATTAN, KANSAS, U.S. — The IGP Institute recently appointed Shawn Thiele as the interim associate director following Brandi Miller’s departure. Thiele assumes the day-today administrative duties along with continuing to lead the flour milling and grain processing curriculum.

In this joint role, he oversees the creation and presentation of workshops, on-site courses, distance education courses and other technical outreach programs to enhance the market promotion, consumption and utilization of U.S. cereal grains, oilseeds and their value-added products for the global grain and feed industry.

Thiele began his employment as the IGP Institute’s flour milling and grain processing curriculum manager in 2016 after serving four years as the operations manager for the Hal Ross Flour Mill. Specific to the flour milling and grain processing curriculum, Thiele led the educational efforts in 12 courses for 123 participants representing 24 countries in 2017.

“Shawn is a proven technical expert and leader in milling operations and began several new initiatives in our flour milling and grain processing curriculum,” said Gordon Smith, IGP Institute director and department head for Grain Science and Industry. “Shawn is well qualified to lead the IGP Institute team and engage with our industry stakeholder partners.”

A Kansas State milling science graduate, Thiele also has work experience in oat and corn milling for Quaker Oats.

“I look forward to serving in the additional capacity as I meet with our stakeholders and educational partners to carry forward the mission of the IGP Institute,” Thiele said.

Thiele may be reached via email at or by phone at 785.532.1189.