The Kansas State University IGP Institute is experiencing a change in leadership with the announced departure of Brandi Miller, associate director and online education and professional development coordinator. Miller begins her new role as president and CEO of the Kansas Cooperative Council on April 9.

During this transition period, Miller will continue to lead the IGP Institute team in conjunction with Gordon Smith, IGP Institute director and grain science and industry department head. 

“We are grateful for Brandi’s leadership of both the distance education program and the IGP Institute, and wish her well as she takes on her new role,” Smith says. 

Miller began her work in the Kansas State University Department of Grain Science and Industry in 2010 when she was charged with leading the GEAPS-KSU Distance Education Program development.

GEAPS is the Grain Elevator and Processing Society. When she started the program had about 300 annual participants and in 2017 there were more than 900 industry professionals who completed the online trainings.

“I am most proud of how the GEAPS-KSU program received three national awards from education associations,” Miller says when asked about her time with the program.


In 2015, Miller added on administrative duties with the IGP Institute. She believes her greatest contribution was to rebuild both internal and external relationships on behalf of the institute.

She shares that she has really enjoyed the people she has met over the years. 

“Not only do I have great colleagues on campus, but also the people I’ve met across Kansas and internationally have been amazing,” Miller says. “It has been such a joy to work with people who are so passionate about agriculture.”

She looks forward to continuing many of those relationships in her new role with the Kansas Cooperative Council. “This job has prepared me well for my role at KCC because I understand the farm to fork concept and how the supply chain works,” Miller says. She adds, “Leaving here is bittersweet, but I’m excited about where I’m going.”

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