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Bios of K-State professors and administrators involved with the project


Brendan Donnelly
Head, K-State grain science and industry department
Director, international grains program

Brendan DonnellyBrendan Donnelly is a native of Ireland. He came to the United States in 1965 after completing his doctorate degree in organic chemistry at the National University of Ireland in Dublin. He did post-doctoral research at Colorado State University.

Following completion of his post-doctoral research, he moved to St. Louis where he worked in the Corn Products Division of Anheuser Busch as a senior research chemist. In 1975 he moved to North Dakota State University where he was an associate professor in the cereal science and technology department involved in teaching and research in the area of durum wheat and pasta products.

From 1979 to 1982 he was cereal quality lab manager for North American Plant Breeders (now AGRIPRO) in Colorado before returning to North Dakota State University as the first director of the Northern Crops Institute.

After a two-year appointment as interim vice-president for agriculture at North Dakota State University from 1994 to 1996, he moved to Manhattan, Kan., in August 1996 to be the new head of the department of grain science and industry and director of the International Grains Program.

Most recently he was president of the Wheat Quality Council, served on the board of directors of the American Association of Cereal Chemists and is currently on the board of the K-State Research Foundation.

He can be reached at 785-532-6161 or bjd@k-state.edu.


Fred Fairchild
Professor, grain science and industry

Fred FairchildFred Fairchild has more than 30 years of experience in the design, construction, operation and management of feed, flour, dry corn milling and pet food manufacturing facilities. He is helping to coordinate the design and construction of the Grain Science Complex and its individual buildings at Kansas State University.

A professor of grain science and industry, Fairchild came to K-State in 1994 from Todd & Sargent in Ames, Iowa, where he was vice president of engineering. Fairchild, who is a licensed professional engineer, specializes in plant design and construction, manufacturing technology, maintenance, materials handling and plant management.

Fairchild has domestic experience in design, construction, start up and production management of new corn, feed and grain mills as well as international experience in the preparation of proposals, negotiations and sales of facilities and equipment.

Fairchild has spoken for numerous grain processing meetings, seminars and short courses both domestic and international. He is the author of numerous papers and publications for the feed and flour milling industries and is a consultant on mill design and performance.

Fairchild also has worked for the former Mel Jarvis Construction Co., Salina, as the vice president, secretary-treasurer and director of engineering; as the manager of maintenance and engineering of Crete Mills Division, Lauhoff Grain Co., Inc., Crete, Neb.; as protection manager/engineer for Lincoln Grain Co., Inc., Atchison; as plant engineer for the Pillsbury Co., Atchison; and as district engineer for Carnation Co., Los Angeles.

Fairchild received his bachelor's degree in architectural engineering from Kansas State University in 1963 and his master's in milling technology from K-State in 1964. He is a member of the American Feed Industry Association manufacturing committee, American Society of Agricultural Engineers, the North American Colleges and Teachers in Agriculture, which recognized him nationally as a Teacher Fellow, and Gamma Sigma Delta, The Honor Society of Agriculture, for which he serves as president of the Kansas State chapter. Fairchild is a former member and past chairman of the American Feed Industry Association Equipment Manufacturers Council and is secretary of the Feed Science Advisory Board at K-State.

He can be reached at 785-532-4090 or by e-mail at fjf@k-state.edu.


Ron Madl
Administrator, bioprocessing and industrial value-added program
Director, Wheat Research Center
Director, Agricultural Products Utilization Forum
President, Grain Industry Alliance

Ron MadlSince joining K-State in 1997, Ron Madl, director of the university’s Wheat Research Center and the Agricultural Products Utilization Forum, has been charged with developing multidisciplinary interdepartmental programs that team K-State researchers with industry and other interests to add value to the state’s raw agricultural materials. That focus remains with Madl’s recently added responsibility as administrator of K-State’s new Bioprocessing and Industrial Value-Added Program, which will work with industry to turn the state’s grain crops into marketable products.

Madl is well prepared for the job. He has 24 years of industry experience in product development, production analysis, nutritional research, technical service and international marketing and sales. Prior to joining K-State, he worked 20 years with Protein Technologies International, then a subsidiary of the Ralston Purina Company, with responsibilities ranging from manager of product development to director of the product quality, productivity and cereal science departments. He also worked at Midwest Grain Products in Atchison, where he was involved with product development, process improvement, technical applications and international marketing.

At K-State, Madl also serves as president of the Grain Industry Alliance, coordinating and administering projects with other technical institutions in Manhattan, including the American Institute of Baking; DPRA, an environmental consulting firm; and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Grain Marketing and Production Research Center.

Madl earned a bachelor’s in chemistry from Baker University, and a master’s in physical chemistry and doctorate in biochemistry, both from K-State.

He can be reached at 785-532-7022 or rmadl@oznet.ksu.edu or rmadl@wheat.ksu.edu.


Jon Wefald
President, Kansas State University

Jon WefaldFew college presidents have been as well recognized nationally for improving the athletic and academic programs on a campus as has K-State’s Jon Wefald.

Lauded by publications from the Christian Science Monitor to Sports Illustrated to USA Today, and by broadcasters like Paul Harvey, the accomplishments during Wefald’s tenure have been well noted in the national media. USA Today called these achievements the “miracle in Manhattan.”

Under his leadership, K-State has added about 1.6 million square feet of new university buildings, including a new library, a new art museum, and a nationally-acclaimed plant science building. In addition, during the Wefald years, enrollments increased from about 17,000 to more than 21,900; K-State built a healthy endowment program; and a national presence in athletics was created. With Wefald at the helm, K-State’s total research funding increased to a record numbers. The university returns nearly $17 for every $1 of state funding it receives.

Since his arrival in 1986, K-State leads the nation’s public universities in the total number of Rhodes, Marshall, Truman Goldwater and Udall scholarship winners. K-State students have won more Truman scholarships, more Goldwater scholarships and more Phi Kappa Phi Fellowships than any other public university in the nation. By recognizing and encouraging excellence, Wefald has helped K-State achieve the pinnacle of success.

Before coming to K-State, Wefald served as Chancellor of the State University System in Minnesota from 1982-86, a system comprised of seven universities. He was president of Southwest State in Marshall, Minn., from 1977-82; Minnesota’s Commissioner of Agriculture from 1971-77, and a member of the faculty at Gustavus Adolphus from 1965-70.

He earned his bachelor's from Pacific Lutheran in 1959, his master's in history and political science from Washington State University in 1961, and his doctorate in history from the University of Michigan in 1965.


June 2003