Purdue University has named a professor of agricultural economics as the next director of its Center for Food and Agricultural Business.
Scott Downey previously served as the center’s associate director and coordinator of undergraduate education in the Department of Agricultural Economics. He will assume the position immediately.
The center designs and delivers educational resources for various business topics and concepts specifically tailored to the food and agribusiness industry.
“Dr. Downey has been a key part of numerous center programs over the years, and I look forward to working with him and the rest of the center staff to provide world-class executive outreach and education to the agribusiness community.” said Jayson Lusk, head of the Department of Agricultural Economics.
Downey earned his bachelor’s degree from Purdue, followed by his master’s degree in business administration from California Polytechnic State University. He spent 15 years in the financial services industry before returning to Purdue to complete a Ph.D. in consumer behavior.