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Brad Schloesser named executive director of the Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership Program

Brad Schloesser will be leading the Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership Program starting in December. He will be coming from South Central College in North Mankato and Faribault where he has served as the dean of agriculture and served as the first director of the Minnesota State Southern Agricultural Center of Excellence.

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Brad Schloesser
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MARSHALL — Brad Schloesser has been named the next executive director of the Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership Program at Southwest Minnesota State University.

Schloesser is coming to the program from South Central College in North Mankato and Faribault where he has served as the dean of agriculture and also as the first director of the Minnesota State Southern Agricultural Center of Excellence, according to a news release from Southwest Minnesota State University.

Prior to those leadership roles, Schloesser taught post-secondary agriculture for two decades. He has been a leader in agricultural education across the state for more than 30 years and became a MARL alumnus in June 2022.

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Schloesser will begin his new role Dec. 19.

The Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership Program is a leadership development program for agricultural and rural leaders in Minnesota. Every two years, a class of up to 30 participants is selected through a rigorous application process. Each class has roughly two-thirds of participants involved in production agriculture, and the remaining one-third are business, civic, government and organization professionals from across rural Minnesota agriculture.

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Schloesser holds a master's in animal science from Montana State University in Bozeman as well as a bachelor's in agricultural education from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

Schloesser and his wife, LuAnn, reside near St. Peter on a rural acreage, tending grapes in their vineyard, a sheep flock and some Minnesota River Valley lands. Their two adult daughters are married and are involved in agriculture, and they have eight grandchildren

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