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Strategic Advisory Council Alumni

Thank you for your passion and support of Global Affairs and Purdue University. Boiler up!

Chuck Conner

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Mr. Charles Conner is President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, a Washington, D.C. based trade association representing the interests of the U.S. agricultural cooperatives. Mr. Conner brings more than 25 years of national and state government, agricultural and trade association experience to this position. He served as Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Beginning in 2001, Mr. Conner was on the National Economic Council where he was Special Assistant to the President for Agricultural Trade and Food Assistance, focusing primarily on Farm Bill issues. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural economics from Purdue University.

Joann DiGennaro

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Ms. Joann DiGennaro is President of the Center for Excellence in Education (CEE). The CEE mission is to nurture high school and university scholars to careers of excellence and leadership in science and technology, and to promote collaboration among future scientific and technological leaders in the global community. Ms. DiGennaro has negotiated educational science programs with 51 nations to date. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and her Master of Science from the University of Maryland. She read the law at Oxford University and received her Juris Doctorate degree from George Mason University.