With a background in federal and state agriculture policy, technology transfer, and R&D, Kevin takes the lead in facilitating scientific communications for Indigo. Most recently, he was Vice President for Research and Economic Development at South Dakota State University (SDSU), managing a $70 million research portfolio and rolling out innovative programs such as the Sun Grant Initiative — a national network of land-grant universities and federally funded research facilities collectively striving for a renewable energy and biofuel-based economy. The Initiative, which Kevin conceived, was incorporated into the 2014 Farm Bill.

Over the course of his thirty years at SDSU, Kevin stepped into a variety of other leadership roles, fostering strong organizational growth through the expansion of strategic partnerships in fields such as crop breeding and genetics, biotechnology, human nutrition and the microbiome, and precision agriculture. He also spearheaded SDSU’s intellectual property portfolio and augmented the university’s well-recognized work in wheat R&D through new partnerships with agriculture technology companies, conservation groups, and grower organizations.

Prior to his promotion to the vice presidency at SDSU, Kevin served as Director of the affiliated South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station where he led the university’s state-wide ag research program. Recently he served as co-chair of the Technical Advisory Committee of the USDA/DOE Biomass R&D Initiative, one of numerous board positions he has held in the past.

Kevin earned a BS in Agricultural Sciences from Montana State University, an MS in Agronomy from the University of Wyoming, and a PhD in Crop Production and Physiology from Iowa State University.

“Indigo is beginning a revolution in agriculture that will benefit producers, consumers, and the environment.  I am honored to join this outstanding team.”