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Betty Jones-Bliss

Associate Director

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Betty Jones-Bliss directs the development, design and delivery of custom educational solutions that meet the needs of corporate clients. In this role, she leads curriculum development in collaboration with client company management and program instructors, develops individual subject areas important to client learners, and cultivates and manages new and existing client relationships. Specific projects under her direction range from on-site, multi-seminar management and leadership development programs for top-tier corporate professionals to executive-level seminars designed to promote strategic thinking in the food supply chain. These projects have taken her to a number of international locations, including Brazil, India and European locations, thus enhancing her understanding of global agribusiness issues.

The Center for Food and Agricultural Business has become recognized as the leader for agribusiness executive educational programs in the United States. As such, the Center continues to identify ‘pain points’ for its customers and develops new programs and activities to serve the marketplace. Betty serves on the management team that sets the vision and strategy for the Center. She also manages the sales process and sales pipeline for Center – a university business that is housed in the Department of Agricultural Economics.

Betty holds a bachelor’s degree in consumer affairs and a master’s degree in higher education administration, both from Purdue University. She attends Lifepoint Church, volunteers for Genesis Animal Rescue, and participates in organizations addressing issues for women and children. She and her husband, Keith, reside in Charleston, Ill., where he consults and operates a business focused on cryptocurrency. Between them, they have two grown sons, two daughters, and three grandchildren. They enjoy gathering with family and friends at their home in the country and
experiencing food and customs while traveling in the United States and abroad.