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Ex-Merial, Merck leader Casady to develop industry next-generation workforce at K-State


Aug 18, 2017 - Animal Pharm

By Joseph Harvey
Animal Pharm
August 18, 2017 

He is to take up the role of executive in residence, professor of practice for the university's animal health campus in Olathe.

His new position will allow him to use his 35 years of industry experience to work on outreach, service, teaching and research. Before joining K-State Olathe, Mr Casady's most recent role was vice president of business operations in Latin America and the Pacific region at Merial from 2012until January 2017. At the same time, he also served as a member of Merial's global leadership team.

Prior to Merial, Mr Casady held multiple management positions around the globe over a 20-year career at Merck Animal Health. This included roles at Schering-Plough and Intervet.

He has also previously served on the board of directors for the Animal Health Institute and the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor. Currently, Mr Casady is a member of the Governor's Task Force for the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility, or NBAF, which is being built next to K-State University.

Developing animal health's next leaders

One particular duty of his will be to increase K-State Olathe's visibility with companies within the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor and across the US. Kansas State University's goal is to provide increased academic support for talent and workforce development.

The university hopes to improve education programs, which will aim at workforce development and research into the animal health industry. The university has a goal of becoming a top 50 public research institution by 2025.

Mr Casady – a K-State alumnus with a bachelor's degree in animal science and industry – will also teach graduate students and employees in professional development workshops and educational seminars.

He stated: "There is a huge need in the animal health industry for increased talent and leadership, particularly as this $30 billion industry continues to grow and is projected to become up to a $60 billion industry in the next 20-30 years. Running businesses at that level requires a different type of talent, and K-State Olathe can help develop it.

"We believe that no other current academic institution has made this commitment of resources to develop programs and curriculum specifically for those involved in the animal health industry."

Reprinted with permission of Animal Pharm News

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