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.

Click here to read the alumni association’s by-laws.

LEAD21 Alumni Association Annual Meeting

On February 20, 2020, the LEAD21 Alumni Association will hold its second Alumni Association meeting in Alexandria, VA in conjunction with Session 3 and Graduation of LEAD21 Class 15. You are invited to attend! Please see below for information regarding registration and how to join our listserv if you haven’t already. The deadline for the meeting registration is Friday, January 31st.

Alumni Meeting Registration: There are three registration options for you to attend the full program, the alumni association meeting only, or the Class 15 Graduation only. Click here to register. You will not want to miss this event! Our keynote speaker for the graduation ceremony will be announced in the next few weeks. Professional development will be provided by the LEAD21 Facilitation Team. For additional details, please view the registration link as an agenda is provided. Registration deadline is January 31st.

Keynote Speaker: The keynote speaker at the graduation will be Holly Hoffman, the last remaining member of the Espada Tribe and the last woman standing on Season 21 of CBS’ hit reality show “Survivor Nicaragua”. To learn more, you can view her website here:

Professional development: Two sessions will be lead by the LEAD21 facilitation team on topics related to coaching and understanding what differences our differences make in our leadership.

Hotel Reservations: The meeting will be held at the Westin Alexandria. The group room rate is $204/night (plus taxes) which includes a breakfast voucher. Hotel room reservations can be made online by Jan. 24.

Alumni Association Dues: You may have noticed this year we have attached LEAD21 Alumni Association dues to the cost of the meeting as well as offering the option to pay dues for those not able to attend the meeting. Over the last year, we have worked toward obtaining our 501c3 status and with a generous loan from the LEAD21 Board of Directors; we are nearing completion of this task. The first obligation we have with dues collected is to reimburse the LEAD21 Board the amount they loaned us. While the future plans of what these dues will go toward are lacking specific detail at this moment, the overall plan is to help fund the Annual Meeting, secure impactful speakers and promote the growth of the LEAD21 Alumni Association. If you have any questions or concerns regarding dues and their intended purpose, please feel free to contact Brad Greenfield, Alumni Association President, by email at or 931-320-2403.

Alumni Association Board Members

Brad Greenfield, University of Tennessee

Karl Maxwell, USDA-NIFA

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

LEAD21 Alumni Listserv

If you haven’t joined already, please join our alumni listserv.

We have been promoting job opportunities, webinars, as well as a quarterly newsletter. Reminders and further details for the Annual Meeting will also be shared through the listserv.

Grand Challenge Committee
Learn more about Grand Challenges and how you can get involved.

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