IAOM Elects K-State Professor Fran Churchill as Treasurer

Fran Churchill, professor of practice in milling science at Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, was unanimously elected 2022-23 treasurer of the International Association of Operative Millers (IAOM) at the Association’s 126thAnnual Conference & Expo on May 5 in Richmond, Virginia.

As treasurer, Churchill will be responsible for overseeing preparations for the Association’s 2023 and 2024 conferences in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Salt Lake City, Utah, respectively. She is also in line to serve as the Association’s president from 2024-25. Churchill has been an active member of IAOM since 2013.

While serving as IAOM treasurer, she will also be vice president of the International Milling Education Foundation (IMEF), a philanthropic partner of IAOM that funds a variety of educational programs related to the grain milling industry.

Churchill has been an active member of the IAOM Employee Relations Committee since 2015, served on the Education Committee from 1988-1992, and chairs the Women in Milling roundtable that was started in 2020.

Churchill began her career with The Pillsbury Company in 1984 in St. Louis, Missouri, after receiving a bachelor’s degree in milling science and management-operations from K-State. From 1989-2007, she served in various roles in mills for ConAgra Flour Milling Co, The Mennel Milling Company, General Mills, and Knoxville Milling Company/C.H. Guenther & Sons at locations around the United States.

From 2010-2012, she taught secondary mathematics in Hamblen County Schools in Morristown, Tennessee. She joined Kansas State University as the NAMA Instructor of Milling in 2012, and is now the North American Milling Professor of Practice.

In addition to her milling science degree, Churchill holds a master’s in mathematics education from the University of Tennessee, a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, and received an Effective Teaching certification from the Association of College and University Educators.