Dr. Dirk Maier, Head of the Department of Grain Science and Industry at K State presented an update to the Board at the October annual meeting on the newly created NAMA instructor of milling. At the time of the Board meeting Dirk reported that they had three candidates they were interviewing. They have now offered the position to Fran Churchill. NAMA and KSU will make a public announcement of Fran’s hiring the week of January 9, which is the week before classes start.
Fran is a K-State graduate with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Milling Science and Management – Operations and has more than 20 years experience in the milling industry. Her hands-on experience includes plant management, process improvement, production optimization, safety program development, sanitation improvement, technical milling, and most recently, teaching.
She began her career in 1984 as an assistant mill superintendent at the Pillsbury Company mill in St. Louis, MO. From 1989 – 2007 she worked at several NAMA member companies. She was a production manager, plant manager, and operations manager at mills operated by ConAgra Mills, General Mills, C.H. Guenther & Son, and The Mennel Milling Company.
Since August 2010, she has been teaching mathematics in Hamblen County, TN schools and she is currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Mathematics Education program at the University of Tennessee.
Fran will teach GRSC 150 Principles of Milling and the two lab sections of GRSC 500 Milling Science I.
NAMA members will be invited to sit in on her classes and members of the NAMA Milling and Science Committee will meet with her during the Spring Grain Science Advisory Committee.