Dr. Kirk Pomper, Kentucky State University’s interim Land Grant director, was among 27 Fellows of the Food Systems Leadership Institute who were honored during a ceremony at the annual meeting of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities in Indianapolis, Ind.

The Fellows were recognized for their accomplishments in completing the FSLI Executive Leadership Development Program and for contributions they have made to their individual organizations and the broader higher education and food systems.

Pomper FSLI

Dr. Pomper, center, is honored as a Fellow of the Food Systems Leadership Institute at the annual meeting of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities in Indianapolis, Ind., by Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy (second from left), director of the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

The FSLI is a two-year program designed for experienced leaders in academia, government and industry. Through a dynamic curriculum that includes three executive style residential sessions, individual coaching, mentoring and personal projects, the FSLI seeks to enhance personal leadership ability, develop skills and knowledge for organizational change and broaden perspectives on integrated food systems.

Fellows report that the FSLI experience has had a significant impact on their leadership abilities. Leadership growth can be measured in many different ways, and more than a third of the Fellows have experienced promotions, selection to lead high-profile initiatives, election to university-wide leadership posts, and other recognitions. Other Fellows are using their enhanced leadership and broader food systems perspectives to lead change from their current positions.

More information on the FSLI is available at www.fsli.org.