2009 Apex Winner
Dr. Michael Boland is a professor of agricultural economics and associate director of the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center at Kansas State University where he has teaching, research, and continuing education responsibilities in agribusiness management strategy. He has received numerous national, university, and college teaching awards and was recently selected as the 2008 National Association of Land Grant Universities USDA National Agriculture and Food Excellence in Teaching section award, which is the most prestigious college teaching award in the United States.
Mike has also received several national and college extension team awards and was a member of the Hard White Wheat Commercialization Team that received the USDA Secretary’s Honor Award. The majority of his work involves food and agribusiness firms where he has co-authored over 50 case studies on agribusinesses and teaches educational modules on finance, governance, and strategic thinking in boards of director leadership programs. Mike has served as co-chair of the National Food and Agribusiness Management Education Commission which was funded by USDA and is currently serving as chair of the International Agribusiness Task Force.
He has led multiple international study tours of agriculture for students in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, New Zealand, Nicaragua and Uruguay and will be in southern Africa later this year. Mike also serves as a U.S. Department of State Speaker and Specialist in international trade and marketing issues affecting the food industry. In 2005 to 2008, he served as co-chair of the Teaching, Learning, and Communications section of the American Agricultural Economics Association and is President-elect of the Western Agricultural Economics Association. He earned his MS and PhD degrees in agricultural economics from Purdue University where he was the recipient of a USDA National Needs PhD Fellowship in Agribusiness. Mike is the oldest of 12 children and was raised in Minnesota.