Academic Forums


About the Academic Forums

Each semester, The Book Harmon Leadership Program invites an industry leader to speak at Purdue and provide their valuable insight on leadership, careers, the industry, and other topics of their choosing. Speakers present for two different programs, with questions and discussion following each presentation. Forum keynote speakers each have their own impressive background and leadership history, from former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to presidents of leading agriculture companies.

Upcoming Forum

The Spring 2014 Forum will be held February 18. It will feature Kenda Resler Friend, External Communications and Media Relations Leader, Dow AgroSciences. The Forum will be held in Deans Auditorium, PFEN
11:30 - Lunch: Pizza provided
12:00 - Forum: Planning (Living) Your Personal Leadership Journey
1:00 - Questions and Discussion
4:30 - Leadership Challenge Workshop: Good Questions Lead to Good Communication
6:00 pm - Sandwiches provided
6:30 pm - Leadership Insights: Forrest Roberts, Beef USA


Former Fellows

Fall 2013 - Dr. Robert Easter, President of the University of Illinois

Spring 2013 - Dr. Shelley Stanford, Director of US Pork Technical Service, Pfizer Animal Health

Fall 2012 - Dr. Clayton Yeutter, Former Secretary of Agriculture

Spring 2012 - Dr. Dean Boyd, Technical Director, The Hanor Company

Fall 2011 - Dr. Angela Siemens, Vice President of Technical Services, Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation, and Dr. Mike Siemens, Leader of Animal Welfare and Husbandry, Cargill Meat Solutions Corporation

Spring 2011 - Mark Stapleton, Global Marketing Director - Swine, Phibro Animal Health Corporation

Fall 2010 - Jill Greene, Sr. Market Development Manager, Applied Biosystems - Life Technologies

Spring 2010 - Jeff Simmons, President, Elanco Animal Health

Fall 2009 - James L. Herbert, CEO, Neogen Corporation

Spring 2009 - Dr. Patricia (Patsy) L. Houghton, Owner and General Manager, Heatland Cattle Company, McCook, NE

Fall 2008 - Dr. Don Orr, President, JBS United, Inc.

Spring 2008 - Dr. Pearse Lyons, Founder and President, Alltech

2007 - Carol Mutter, United States Marine Corps

2006 - John Madia, Vice President for Human Resources, Productivity and Site Operations, Dow AgroSciences

2005 - Ed McMillan, Former President and CEO, Purina Mills