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  1. Collette Schultz Kaster AMSA's New CEO 6/7/2019

    American Meat Science Association (AMSA) announced the appointment of Collette Schultz Kaster as its new Chief Executive Officer.Kaster brings more than 25 years of technical experience in areas of food safety, quality assurance, and animal welfare and executive roles managing teams across livestock industry companies and organizations.  Most recently, she has served as the Executive Director of the Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization (PAACO).

    “Collette is the right leader at the right time for AMSA and its future. She has extensive industry knowledge combined with her formidable experience managing successful teams and businesses. She understands our organization and has a vision to meet member needs in this growing association and provide content and context for the science and information demands of an expanding world,” stated Dr. Eric Berg, AMSA President. 

    Read more at:https://meatscience.org/press/article/2019/06/06/amsa-names-industry-veteran-collette-schultz-kaster-as-ceo.

  2. AMSA CEO Update 3/14/2019

    AMSA CEO Update

    Your AMSA CEO Search Committee has been very busy. The committee narrowed the field of 25 applicants down to a short list of four. This past week, the committee called the references provided by these four candidates. The committee had prepared 10 questions relevant to the CEO position and job qualifications. These 10 questions were asked of each reference so the search process would be consistent. During the reference check, one candidate removed their name from consideration. The search committee met via conference call on Tuesday, March 5th and after reviewing responses provided by the references, the Search Committee voted unanimously to invite the remaining three candidates to a face-to-face interview with the Board of Directors the week of March 18, 2019. Our intensions are that our first AMSA CEO will be one of these three candidates.

    When you next see Christy Bratcher, Craig Bacon, Dan Schaefer, Gretchen Mafi, Jimmy Keeton, Larry Hand, Loni Lucherk, and Steve Campano, please take the time to thank them for their service to AMSA as the CEO Search Committee. These fine folks are a very thorough group that is extremely passionate about AMSA. They committed to an aggressive timeline and made sure that all the details were covered. Thanks again for your service! 

    As always, I am open to any questions that members may have regarding the selection process. I am VERY excited about the three candidates and the future of AMSA. Stay tuned...

    Eric Berg
    AMSA President

  3. AMSA By-Law Amendment Update 12/7/2018

    The votes have been tallied and the members have approved the change. Our bylaws will be updated changing all language formerly referring to the Executive Director to now refer to Chief Executive Officer. Thank you for participating in the voting process.

  4. AMSA CEO Search and Job Announcement Update 12/7/2018

    The CEO Search Committee has presented a CEO Job Description and job announcement for approval by the AMSA Board of Directors. The member input that we received from the online survey was very helpful. The Committee has also put together a spread sheet that will be used to score candidates based on their qualifications in categories deemed "necessary" and "preferred." This spread sheet will be used as a screening tool of candidates. The CEO position will be open for applicants as soon as the Board of Directors approves the job description. A special conference call is planned for December 10, 2018 and if approved, the job will be posted shortly after. If you have any questions, please email eric.p.berg@ndsu.edu.

  5. Timeline for Identification and Hiring of the AMSA CEO 11/14/2018

      • November 16: Input from sustaining partners
      • December 6: Post job
      • January 25: Screening begins
      • March 1: Identify final candidates
      • March 18 – 22: Face-to-face interviews with Board and Staff
      • April 2: Make an offer

  6. CEO Search Committee Update 11/14/2018

    The search committee is

      • Chair: Eric Berg
      • Members: Dan Schaefer, Larry Hand, Jimmy Keeton, Craig Bacon, Steve Campano, Christy Bratcher, Gretchen Mafi, and Loni Lucherk (Student BoD representative)
      • AMSA members are encouraged to reach out to any member of the search committee with questions or suggestions for possible candidates.

  7. AMSA By-Law Amendment 11/14/2018

    The Board would like to proceed with the recommendation from our recent AMSA organizational audit and rebrand the Executive Director title as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). All current AMSA professional and emeritus AMSA members should have received a ballot to cast your vote for the By-Law amendment last week. If you did not receive a ballot please send an email to dmabry@meatscience.org.


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