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Vincent Amanor-BoaduVincent Amanor-Boadu
AGEC 890, Advanced Food and Agribusiness Management
Professor
Ph.D. University of Guelph, 1992
vincent@ksu.edu (785) 532-3520

Dr. Amanor-Boadu uses his experience from industry and expertise in strategic management to help students understand the concepts and tools he presents. He encourages students to apply these concepts and tools to their daily business challenges to enhance their relevance and personalize the learning experience.

Andrew BarkleyAndrew Barkley 
AGEC 700, Applied Agribusiness Economics
Professor
Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1988
Agricultural and Public Policy
barkley@ksu.edu (785) 341-6333

This course examines market forces, demand, supply, individual consumer and firm behavior, and market structure. Basic market structure models covered include perfect competition, monopolistic competition, oligopoly, and monopoly. Game theory provides a useful tool to understand both business and personal relationships. Economic tools and models are related to business strategies and real-world decision making throughout the course. He received the American Agricultural Economics Association’s prestigious undergraduate teaching award and its Quality of Communication Award.

Jason BergtoldJason Bergtold 
AGEC 761, Optimization Techniques for Agribusiness
Professor 
Ph.D. Virginia Tech, 2004 
Production Economics, Natural Resource Economics, Applied Econometrics 
bergtold@ksu.edu (785) 532-0984

Dr. Bergtold demonstrates the power of today’s software packages to students, allowing them to solve complex problems in the workplace. Student project work from the course has been implemented widely by MAB students and their companies. Dr. Bergtold won the AAEA Distinguished Teaching Award for Less than Ten Years’ Experience.

Allen FeatherstoneAllen Featherstone
AGEC 713, Agribusiness Financial Management
AGEC 720, Agribusiness Risk Management

AGEC 740, Seminar in Agricultural Economics Analysis
Agricultural Economics Department Head, Professor and MAB Program Director 
Ph.D. Purdue University, 1986 
Finance, Land Markets, Production Economics 
afeather@ksu.edu (785) 532-4441

Dr. Featherstone uses his expertise in finance to aid students in understanding the tools of finance and applying them to the firm. His experience lecturing internationally helps him address financial issues under various political and economic systems. He has received the American Agricultural Economics Association’s most prestigious graduate teaching award and its Quality of Communication Award.

Keith HarrisKeith Harris
AGEC 730, Applied Agribusiness Logistics
Associate Professor
Ph.D. University of Missouri-Columbia, 2012
Economics and Agribusiness Strategy
kdharris@ksu.edu (785) 532-3918

Dr. Harris’ course examines the management of the flow of goods between the point of origin and the point of consumption with the objective of creating net value and building a competitive infrastructure for food and agribusiness firms. Harris has 20 years of supply chain management experience that includes agricultural commodity trading, supply chain strategy and global purchasing with Fortune 500 companies in the food industry.

Ed PerryEd Perry
AGEC 770, International Agribusiness and Policy Analysis
Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Iowa State University, 2016
Industrial Organization, Food and Agricultural Supply Chain, Production Economics and Genetically Engineered Crops 
edperry@ksu.edu (785) 532-4436

Dr. Perry’s course is designed to provide an economic analytical framework useful for examining current issues involving agricultural policies, fiscal and monetary policies, international trade of agricultural commodities and products, and environmental and natural resources. Case studies are used to see the influences of trade, macroeconocmics, and natural resource policy on agribusiness firms.

Alex ShanoyanAlex Shanoyan
AGEC 735, Sales and Marketing in the Animal Health Industry
Associate Professor

Ph.D. Michigan State University, 2011
Agribusiness Strategy and Management, Business Development and Applied Econometrics
shanoyan@ksu.edu 785-532-4449

Dr. Shanoyan uses a combination of theory and real-world examples to help students understand marketing and sales principles and practices in the complex world of animal health industry. The emphasis is placed on learning through applied problem-solving activities.

Esther SwilleyEsther Swilley 
MKTG 810, Marketing Concepts and Research
Associate Professor, Department Head, Marketing, College of Business Administration

Ph.D. Florida State University, 2007
Digital Marketing
esthers@ksu.edu (785) 532-6135

Dr. Swilley utilizes a variety of experiential and reflective exercises to make the link between theoretical concepts discussed in the course and the application of that material in the student’s organization. An emphasis is placed on managerial relevancy through readings and class discussions involving the latest in marketing strategy. Her course examines issues associated with buyer behavior, customer satisfaction and value, product positioning, advertising and promotion, branding and competitive analysis.

Bill TurnleyBill Turnley
MANGT 820, Behavioral Management Theory
Professor, Management, College of Business Administration
Ph.D. University of South Carolina, 1996
Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
turnley@ksu.edu (785) 532-1339

Many business courses focus on specific technical functions, such as accounting or marketing, which can be critical to organizational success. However, a lot of organizations fail even when their employees possess adequate technical skills. What is missing is often the ability to deal effectively with other people. In Behavioral Management Theory, students will learn about the people side of organizations. Specifically, this course will focus on gaining a better understanding of the behavior of individuals and groups within organizations. A great deal of emphasis will be placed on improving the skills needed to help manage others and your own career.

Elizabeth YeagerElizabeth Yeager
AGEC 701, Intro to Computer Decision Tools for Agribusiness
Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Director

Ph.D. Kansas State University, 2011
Production, Finance and Farm Management
eyeager@ksu.edu • 785-532-4935

Computer Decision Tools for Agribusiness teaches you to create commonly-used business spreadsheets using Microsoft Excel. The course is a collection of problem sets to create spreadsheets that solve real-life business problems. In the course the most useful features and commands that have the potential to transform data into information with value for decision making are discussed. 

Jisang YuJisang Yu
AGEC 760, Econometrics in Agribusiness
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Kansas State University, 2016
Risk Management, Economics of Risk and Uncertainty, Farm Policy Analysis and Applied Econometrics
jisangyu@ksu.edu (785) 532-3357

Econometrics involves the application of statistical analysis to economic and business data in an effort to describe and predict market behavior. With an emphasis on real world applications, Dr. Yu’s course will show you how to use (or not use!) econometric analysis in business decision making.

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MAB Staff  

Deborah KohlDeborah Kohl
Program Coordinator
M.S. Kansas State University, 2002
dkohl@ksu.edu (785) 532-4495

Deborah Kohl is the Program Coordinator for the MAB program. She manages the day-to-day activities of the program including student recruitment, budget management, Industry Advisory Board interaction and communication with enrolled students. Kohl also assists with the course “Seminar in Agricultural Economics Analysis,” a thesis completion course in the MAB program, taught by Dr. Allen Featherstone. She completed an M.S. in 2002 at Kansas State University in Secondary Education.

Mary Bowen

Mary Bowen
Communications Coordinator
M.P.S. University of Denver, 2013
mjbowen@ksu.edu (785) 532-4435

As Communications and Marketing Specialist, Bowen manages the program’s advertising and marketing, communications with students and alumni, plans special events and coordinates international agribusiness tours. She also assists in program recruiting. Bowen completed a Master’s of Professional Studies in Organizational and Professional Communication from the University of Denver in 2013 and a Certificate in Digital Marketing Analytics from MIT Sloan School of Management in 2020.

Sarah TortellaSarah Tortella
Program Associate
stortella.ksu.edu (785) 532-3918

Sarah is the Admissions Representative for the MAB program. Her primary responsibilities include student engagement, recruiting, admissions and enrollment and assisting with administrative tasks. Sarah completed a B.A. from Ball State University in Telecommunications in 2008.

Carla WoodyardCarla Woodyard
Office Specialist II
cwoodyar@ksu.edu

Carla serves as an office assistant in the department. Her primary duties are to support several faculty on a daily basis and provide curriculum management assistance for the Master of Agribusiness program. She also assists agricultural economics graduate students, does research for manuscripts, posters, other projects, and classes.

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"We have students who are passionate about, dedicated to, and focused on the agribusiness sector. The fact that they come from different segments of the agribusiness supply chain - input supply, production, processing, marketing, transportation and services, domestic and international - enhances the learning the occurs beyond what I bring to the 'classroom' as the professor."

Vincent Amanor-Boadu
Professor, Agricultural Economics
Kansas State University