Betty Jones is associate director for the Center for Food and
Agricultural Business at Purdue University. She received her B.S. degree
in the area of consumer affairs at Purdue University. Betty’s
primary responsibilities include new business development, managing
client relationships, and design of professional development
programs for agribusiness managers. She works closely with company
management teams and Center faculty to create and implement
professional development programs tailored to meet client needs.
Betty manages the Center’s daily operations and staff; and the
yearly management and projection of work load for the professional
staff team. She monitors gross revenue of almost $2 million per year
and develops fiscal projections.
As the Center develops educational programs for
emerging markets, Betty has had the opportunity to interview and visit
with Hungarian agribusinesses, former state farms, and
cooperatives, as well as a variety of plant breeding and seed
companies in Poland. She was a part of a two-week U.S. assessment
team that visited and interviewed the Chinese seed industry’s
Betty has worked closely with the American Seed Trade
Association (ASTA) for ten years. She serves on the Management Skills
Committee as an ad hoc member. The strong relationship between ASTA
and Purdue has resulted in a very successful and ongoing ASTA
Management Academy; numerous international projects and a new
initiative that will focus on discussion based forums for seed
industry managers. Betty has also worked in partnership with ASTA,
Iowa State University, and USDA on a seed industry development project
in Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique.
She was a member of the two-year Indiana Agricultural
Leadership program. Betty is involved with CMED (Conference on
Management and Executive Development Programs) – a national
organization dedicated to innovative and successful executive
education. Betty’s four-year appointment to the CMED Advisory Board
provides the Center with an even more effective conduit to the best
practices in professional development from across US business schools.
Betty enjoys music, reading, gardening, and dancing,
and she is a volunteer at the Women in Crisis Shelter and the
Lafayette Food Pantry.