WASHINGTON — Fran Churchill has been named the new North American Millers’ Association-funded instructor of milling in the Milling Science and Management program at the Grain Science and Industry Department of Kansas State University.
A graduate of Kansas State University with a bachelor’s of science degree in milling science and management, Ms. Churchill has more than 20 years of milling industry experience.
She began her career in 1984 as an assistant mill superintendent at the Pillsbury Co. mill in St. Louis. From 1989 to 2007 she held various mill management roles at such companies as ConAgra Mills, General Mills, C.H. Guenther & Son, and The Mennel Milling Co.
Since 2010 she has been teaching mathematics in Hamblen County, Tenn., and currently is enrolled in the master of science in mathematics education program at the University of Tennessee.
“The milling industry hires many K-State graduates,” said Breck Barton, chairman of the NAMA Milling Science and Operations Committee. “Fran Churchill will provide the kind of hands on instruction and education the milling industry wants K-State graduates to have when they come to work in our mills.”
Mary Waters, president of NAMA, added, “The milling science management program is the only university program in the U.S. that provides education and training for the next generation of mill managers and technology specialists, and the position at K-State is an investment in the human capital important to the industry.”
Dirk Maier, head of the Grain Science and Industry Department at Kansas State, said the department is excited about the addition of Mr. Churchill to the faculty.
“NAMA’s funding of this faculty position reflects the priority its member companies place on enhancing the future workforce by recruiting, educating and preparing the next generation of milling industry professionals,” Mr. Maier said.