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AMSA Development Council

Mission and Goals

Our values are the same as our membership's: to make a real difference through high integrity meat science. Established in 2001 by the AMSA membership, the council's mission is to generate and allocate resources to support and enhance educational programs and the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge in meat science. AMSA members desire to make it possible for the world to enjoy safe, affordable, abundant, nutritious meat that improves health and longevity and productivity. To help create this future, the AMSA Development Council has the vision to fund new and ongoing AMSA programs that recruit and develop students and young professionals and strengthen careers that help feed the world.

The Work of the Council

  • Develop and implement strategies through which the Council may solicit, receive and distribute contributions.
  • Allocate resources consistent with legal and regulatory requirements, the wishes of the donor, and the goals and objectives of AMSA.
  • Ensure prudent investment of contributions made to the Council.
  • Develop and maintain procedures for donor recognition.


Council Members

AMSA Mentorship Funds

William Benjy Mikel, Ph.D.

Throughout his distinguished career in Academia and Industry, Dr. William Benjy Mikel has impacted untold numbers of students and professionals through his involvement as a teacher, meat judging team coach, counselor, and consultant.  His academic pursuits have taken him to dozens of countries to initiate partnerships with international institutions and identify students for academic exchange programs in Agriculture.  In addition, Benjy’s novel approach to education and student development has resulted in the advent of numerous innovative programs to develop and prepare students for careers in the meat and food industry, including but not limited to the creation and implementation of the first Taste of RMC, which subsequently transformed into the Iron Chef Product Development Competition.

Continuing the Legacy

Dr. Mikel has requested that proceeds from the fund be used toward the Youth Programs Endowment Fund to support student activities.



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