The mission of the Alumni Association is to facilitate continued leadership and professional development opportunities and build a network of alumni to address challenges facing agricultural, environmental, and human sciences.
All alumni from the LEAD21 program are considered members of the Alumni Association.
Click here to read the alumni association’s by-laws.
Inaugural LEAD21 Alumni Association Annual Meeting
The inaugural LEAD21 Alumni Association and Professional Development Conference was held in Washington, D.C. on Feb.21, 2019. We had 50 alumni registered for the event with representatives from all except one class! Members of Class 14 also joined us for the afternoon’s activities.
During the business meeting, leaders of two Grand Challenge Action Teams discussed their projects.
After the business meeting, two LEAD21 Alumni Association members, Alexa Lamm (University of Georgia) and Sarah White (Clemson University) led a professional development session regarding how to work in multi-disciplinary teams and how to write impact statements.
Following this session, attendees discussed ways to contribute to several LEAD21 Alumni Association committees as we begin to form the association and its activities. We greatly appreciate everyone’s input!
Melissa Mason, Alcorn State University, was elected Secretary to fill the position formally held by Jeff Sherman, Oregon State University.
The day ended with the current class’s graduation ceremony featuring Keni Thomas as the keynote speaker.
We hope to see you at next year’s annual meeting in Washington, DC. on Feb. 20, 2020.
Alumni Association Board Members
Chair: Brad Greenfield, University of Tennessee
Vice-Chair: Karl Maxwell, USDA-NIFA
Secretary: Melissa Mason, Alcorn State University
Education Committee Chair: Roy Yanong, University of Florida
Development Committee Chair: Dawn Burton, Prairie View A&M University
Grand Challenge Committee Chair: Brian McCornack, Kansas State University
Member Relations Committee Chair: Brian Kowalkowski, College of Menominee Nation
Advisory Committee Chair: Courtney Meyers, Texas Tech University
Mark your calendar for Tuesday, April 11 at noon CST to learn how you can get involved in Grand Challenge Teams.
Dr. Brian McCornack (Kansas State University, Class 12), chair of the Grand Challenges Committee, will lead a discussion on how to best prepare letters of intent for consideration as one of this year’s Action Teams. Forming teams starts with understanding your “why” but also strategizing your first steps as a group. Brian will provide some guiding principles on how to best select project ideas that leverage current assets while identifying key opportunities for successful action team development. Start small, grow tall! And join in the conversation.
Grand Challenge Readings