May 15-18, 2017
University of Missouri
Columbia, Missouri

Conference Information

Graduate Institute of Cooperative Leadership

  • Are basic cooperative principles relevant for decision making by today's cooperative management?
  • Is the cooperative structure being used effectively as an offensive strategic tool?
  • What are the cooperative models of the future?

The Graduate Institute of Cooperative Leadership (GICL) strives to answer these questions and others critical to future success of cooperatives during Summer Institute. By working with emerging leaders from the increasingly sophisticated world of cooperatives, the Summer Institute focuses on filling the executive education void in this specialized field.

The Summer Institute is designed to enable cooperative leaders to acquire and develop new approaches for leading and managing in the changing global marketplace. Summer Institute participants gain knowledge to help their cooperative improve performance. GICL programs also enhance personal career growth.

Drawing from the educational resources at the University of Missouri and from premier cooperative CEO leaders in the nation, the Summer Institute provides a unique mix of research and experiential based learning. GICL programs are recognized for leading edge thinking about cooperatives.

The Summer Institute not only delves into the issues facing today’s cooperatives but also provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and knowledge among a diverse group of participants.

"An invaluable network of cooperative colleagues"

In addition to the “rising stars” of the cooperative world, past participants have included cooperative directors, university faculty with a cooperative focus, USDA specialists, and international participants interested in cooperative ventures.

"Encouraging participants to think 'creatively, cooperatively' for more than 45 years"

Summer Institute 2017 will begin on Monday, May 15 with registration starting at 2:30 pm. Summer Institute adjourns by 2:00 pm on Thursday, May 18. Each participant pays a single fee of $2,375, which covers tuition, room and board, and Summer Institute costs.
Summer Institute participants are selected by the GICL admittance committee. To apply send the completed nomination form and one letter of recommendation to:

125 Mumford Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211-6200

Nomination Deadline is April 21, 2017.

For more information call Kristi Livingston at 573-882-0140.

Those taking part in the 2017 Summer Institute can be awarded continuing education units (CEU) upon request. The MU Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics provides academic support for the Summer Institute and one CEU is awarded for each 10 hours of programming.

GICL's Board of Trustees
GICL's Board of Trustees, sponsor of the Summer Institute, provides guidance and approval of the program planning process.

Michael L. Cook, Robert D. Partridge Professor of Cooperative Leadership at MU, chairs a committee charged with planning the 2017 Summer Institute.

Kristi Livingston
, education coordinator of the Missouri Institute of Cooperatives also serves on the committee.

Erica Lovercamp and Debbi Haskamp of the MU Conference Office, organize Summer Institute arrangements.

Marc Linit, Interim Vice Chancellor and Dean of the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources joins the local planning committee in hosting the 2017 Summer Institute.

"Research-based analysis and case studies designed exclusively for cooperative leaders"

Graduate Institute of Cooperative Leadership Board of Trustees

Randy C. Papadellis
GICL Chair
Ocean Spray Cranberries
Tom Halverson
Rick Smith
Dairy Farmers of America
Carl Casale
GICL Vice Chair
Mark Jansen
Blue Diamond Growers
Keith Spackler
Ag Processing Inc.
Michael L. Cook
Executive Director
University of Missouri
Milan Kucerak
Landus Cooperative
Jim Spradlin
Bob Behr
Florida's Natural Growers
Marc Linit
University of Missouri
Jeff Stroburg
Southern States Cooperative
Charles F. Conner
National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
Christopher J. Policinski
Land O’Lakes, Inc.
Ernie Verslues
MFA Incorporated
Mark Fenner
MFA Oil Company
Tim Ramsey
Oregon Cherry Growers, Inc.