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UT Martin dean named a fellow in the APLU National Food Systems Leadership Institute


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MARTIN, Tenn. – Dr. Todd Winters, professor of animal science and dean of the University of Tennessee at Martin College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, has been accepted as a fellow in the Food Systems Leadership Institute for fall 2017. The FSLI is an executive leadership development program for academia, industry and government. The institute is a program of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, with the initial funding provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Winters began his current dean’s position on July 1, 2013, after serving as a faculty member and administrator at Southern Illinois University. He was raised on a dairy farm in Washington State and was active in 4-H and FFA. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University, a master’s degree from Purdue University and his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin. He served two terms on the board of directors for the Non-land-grant Agricultural and Renewable Resources Universities and served as NARRU president in 2015-16. Winters is a 2017 graduate of UT Martin’s WestStar Leadership Program.

The institute enhances personal and professional development by emphasizing leadership competencies, skills for organizational change and a broad, interdisciplinary perspective of food systems. The FSLI experience prepares scholars for upper-level leadership roles in food-system programs and to assume broader leadership responsibilities within their organizations.
During the FSLI program, scholars work with expert instructors, leadership development coaches and an upper-level mentor to help increase their leadership abilities. They meet with university, political and industry leaders and others who have advanced to the highest leadership levels. Leadership theory is combined with practical experience, often in the context of food systems and higher education.

The first year of the two-year program includes intensive executive education-style residential learning sessions at three university locations. Scholars perform assessments to increase self-awareness of their leadership style, and the results are used to develop and implement a personal-development plan, prepared with the assistance of a professional coach. Interactive distance learning is used between residential sessions. During year two, participants apply what they have learned to develop and execute an individual leadership project.

The FSLI is dedicated to advancing and strengthening food systems by preparing a set of new leaders with the skills and knowledge necessary to invent and reinvent the food systems of the future. North Carolina State University is the host site with The Ohio State University and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, being residential sites responsible for program implementation. Additional information is available at


PHOTO ID: Dr. Todd Winters, professor of animal science and dean of the UT Martin College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences.

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