Ag Advisory Council

In December 2013, Huntington University established the Agriculture Advisory Council, a group that has formally pursued an agriculture program.

The Agriculture Advisory Council


  • President — Mr. Joe Kessie, Agent, Schrader Real Estate and Auction; Past SVP, Lake City Bank
  • Vice-President — Jeff Mize, CEO of Ag Plus
  • Secretary/Treasurer — Bobby Caley, Owner of Caley Farms

Ag Industry Members

  • Bob Krouse, Former CEO of MPS Egg Farms
  • Doug Rice, Sales Effectiveness Manager - Multi-Channel Seed, Corteva Agriscience
  • RD Schrader, President of Schrader Real Estate and Auction
  • Kip Tom, ex officio, Former Ambassador for the United Nations Agencies for Food & Agriculture
  • Kassi Tom-Rowland, Partner of Tom Farms
  • Mark Tullis, Past President of North Central Co-Op
  • Dr. Douglas R.Ware, Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Nutrition Physiology Company, LLC

Founding Members

  • Steve Platt, Huntington County farmer, alumnus, men's basketball coach (1947 - 2021)
  • Dr. Dale Haupert, Whitley County farmer, owner, Dale Haupert & Associates, HU Board of Trustee (1933 - 2016)

Huntington University Members

  • Dr. Sherilyn Emberton, President
  • Dr. Ann McPherren, Chair of the Business and Economics Department
  • Nate Perry, Managing Director - Haupert Institute
  • Dr. Raymie Porter, Associate Professor of Agriculture, Chair and Director of Academic Programs - Haupert Institute