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K-State Today

July 24, 2014

Brandi Miller named International Grains Program Institute assistant director

Submitted by Lisa Moser

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In response to the growing initiatives of the International Grains Program Institute at K-State, Brandi Miller has been recently named assistant director. In her expanded role, Miller will continue to support the International Grains Program Institute programming and take on additional leadership responsibilities.

"Brandi has done an outstanding job since joining us in 2010. Through her leadership efforts, we have successfully grown and integrated our distance education program into the mission of the institute," said Dirk Maier, institute director and department head of grain science and industry at K-State.

Along with her duties as assistant director, Miller will maintain her role as coordinator of online education and professional development, and associate director of the Grain Elevator and Processing Society/K-State distance education and credentialing program.

"Under Brandi's leadership, our distance learning offerings in partnership with Grain Elevator and Processing Society have grown exponentially from five course offerings with 139 participants in 2008 to 18 offerings with 565 participants in 2013," Maier said.

Feed manufacturing distance courses have been added in collaboration with American Feed Industry Association and flour milling offerings through the International Grains Program Institute. Most distance and onsite courses are now available for continuing education units and a professional credential is offered with the Grain Elevator and Processing Society in grain operations management.

Miller is a 2004 graduate of K-State with a degree in bakery science and management. Upon her graduation she worked for Quaker Oats. She returned to the grain science and industry department at K-State in January 2010, initially as the department's distance education coordinator. She obtained her master's degree in adult, occupational and continuing education in 2013 from K-State.

In looking to her new role Miller said, "I am delighted to have such an opportunity. The International Grains Program Institute has had growth in several areas over the last few years and I look forward to continuing that trend for the future."

The institute offers trainings in the areas of feed manufacturing and grain management, flour milling and grain processing, and grain marketing and risk management.