The Milling Science and Management program at Kansas State University (KSU) is the only university program in the United States to teach the next generation of millers. NAMA has a long history of advising and supporting the program, including creating the NAMA Milling Science and Advisory Committee to regularly meet with faculty and students, funding a scholarship program and in January 2012, funding the first NAMA Instructor of Milling.
“NAMA’s funding of this [NAMA Instructor of Milling] position reflects the priority its member companies place on enhancing the future workforce by recruiting, educating and preparing the next generation of milling industry professionals.” Dr. Dirk Maier, KSU grain science and industry department head
In May 2012, NAMA President Mary Waters was elected the first Chair of the KSU Grain Science and Industry Advisory Council and in July 2012 NAMA hosted four KSU students working as summer interns at member company mills for the second annual Summer Intern Public Policy Experience, a program created by NAMA to show interns the connection between their work in the mills and the regulations and legislation guiding their work.
North American Millers’ Association (NAMA) Board member Breck Barton, Cereal Food Processors, Inc. reported today that Fran Churchill, a K-State alumna and an experienced miller, will join the Grain Science and Industry Department at Kansas State University as the new NAMA funded Instructor of Milling in the Milling Science and Management program. Churchill has more than 20 years of milling industry experience. “The milling industry hires many K-State graduates. Fran Churchill will provide the kind of hands on instruction and education the milling industry wants K-State graduates to have when they come to work in our mills,” said Barton. Barton chairs the NAMA Milling Science and Operations Committee and participated in the search process.
“The milling science management program is the only university program in the U.S. that provides education and training for the next generation of mill managers and technology specialists, and the position at K-State is an investment in the human capital important to the industry,” Mary Waters, NAMA president said.
“We are very excited about Fran Churchill joining our faculty as the NAMA instructor of milling science and management,” Dirk Maier, K-State grain science and industry department head said. “NAMA’s funding of this faculty position reflects the priority its member companies place on enhancing the future workforce by recruiting, educating and preparing the next generation of milling industry professionals.”