The Institute of Feed Education and Research (IFEEDER) named Jim Sullivan, Ph.D., as the first executive director of the charitable foundation, which seeks to sustain the future of food and feed production through education and research.
Dr. Sullivan is a trained scientist and business leader with more than 30 years of experience in identifying market opportunities and implementing ambitious strategies that meet or exceed corporate objectives. He is a skilled expert in the areas of development, expansion, export market development, acquisition and turnaround of businesses.
Dr. Sullivan is the owner of J. E. Sullivan Enterprise, LLC, a science-based agriculture and business consulting company he started in 2011. He worked for 25 years—serving 18 of those as president—for International Ingredient Corporation. He also spent 11 years with Hubbard Milling Company.
“Jim's experience and fit for the job are ideal. He has a broad network in the industry, and has earned the respect of many of our colleagues, which should not only make him a great leader for IFEEDER, but should take our fundraising efforts to levels not experienced before for our foundation,” explained IFEEDER Chair Dean Warras.
Dr. Sullivan is a former chairman of the American Feed Industry Association. He received his Bachelor of Animal Science from the University of Kentucky, and his master’s and doctorate degrees in animal nutrition from the University of Illinois, Urbana.
Get to know the new executive director through Feed & Grain's exclusive Q&A with Dr. Sullivan.
Feed & Grain: What is your background?
Sullivan: I grew up on a dairy farm in northern Illinois. My education included earing a Ph.D. in animal nutrition from the University of Illinois. I have worked in the feed and feed ingredient business my entire career. Prior to starting my consulting business in 2011, I served as president of International Ingredient Corporation.
F&G: What drew you to the foundation - why did you want to be a part of IFEEDER?
S: The first thing that really caught my attention was the fact that IFEEDER was providing funding for the NRC (National Research Council) Nutrient Requirement publications. Then as I became aware of the other research projects, and educational efforts that IFEEDER was funding, I became very interested. I also look at this assignment as a way to give back to the industry that I have worked in all of my career.
F&G: What does your primary role as IFEEDER’s executive director entail?
S: My primary job is to coordinate all activities of the foundation and to work to accomplish the goals and objectives that have be set by the IFEEDER board of trustees. This includes the solicitation of contributions and the coordination of the funding of worthy projects.
F&G: What are your goals for IFEEDER now that you’re in a leadership position?
S: My primary goals are to increase the foundation endowment and to seek and fund worthwhile projects that will help to increase the efficiency of the production of meat, milk and eggs.
F&G: What type of projects would you like to see IFEEDER help fund in the future?
S: The mission of IFEEDER is to sustain the future of food and feed production through education and research. I would like to see the continued funding for the NRC nutrient requirement publications. The swine NRC has been completed and we are currently working on the funding for the Beef NRC.
We will also be funding educational efforts to help those who are not familiar with animal agriculture to better understand the realities of modern science-based animal production. We are looking for projects that will help to assure that we will have efficient and sustainable food production from animal agriculture.