South Central College has named a new director of the Minnesota State Southern Agricultural Center of Excellence.
Tina LeBrun, currently a farm business management instructor at SCC, will be the center’s executive director.
On Oct. 11, she will begin the serving in the position recently vacated by Megan Roberts.
LeBrun will further the organization’s mission of aligning students with resources to develop and sustain the workforce needs of agriculture in southern Minnesota, according to an SCC news release.
LeBrun has more than 15 years of experience working with faculty, staff and students in higher education, the news release said, and has been an SCC instructor since January 2009.
She is also past president for the National Farm and Ranch Business Management Educator Association. She holds a bachelor’s in agriculture economics and animal science from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and a master’s in education from the University of Minnesota.
LeBrun was born and raised on a dairy/crop farm in south-central Minnesota; she and her husband are active producers and live on a cattle farm in Lafayette.
LeBrun said in the release she looks forward to continuing work with farm producers, supporting ag educators and students, and strengthening relationships with the ag business and industry.
“I have a strong passion for both agriculture and education, and as a farm producer I believe it is our responsibility to advocate for this great industry,” she stated.
The center includes seven member colleges and universities, including South Central College, Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Riverland Community College, Rochester Community and Technical College, Dakota County Technical College, Southwest Minnesota State University and Minnesota State University.