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800 N.E. 63 , Oklahoma City, OK 73105
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For Immediate Release Contact: KC Kinder, Director of Communications
Nov. 20, 2008 (405) 608-4350
HODGES TO RETIRE, OWC SEARCHING FOR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
OKLAHOMA CITY – Mark Hodges, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission,
announced plans today to retire from his position at the end of the year. As Executive Director, Hodges
has been a voice for the wheat industry and its producers by communicating the Commission’s goals for
wheat promotion, utilization and research.
Hodges, a Forgan, Okla., native, began his tenure as Executive Director with the Oklahoma Wheat
Commission in 1996 and has held that position for the last 13 years with the exception of two years in
the same position with the Oregon Wheat Commission. Throughout his career he has authored numerous
research papers, made presentations across the country, and currently sits on, or chairs 6 state or national
boards. A few of the honors Hodges has received include the Oklahoma Wheat Growers “Mr. Wheat”
award, a “Distinguished Achievement Award” from the Oklahoma Wheat Commission, was OSU’s
“Grain Man of the Year”, and received an “Innovative Leadership Award” from the High Plains
Resource Conservation and Development Council. Hodges was instrumental in the development of the
current quality based marketing plan adopted by the Commission in 2001 and now utilized by the 5
Southern Great Plains States of Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska.
Prior to his tenure with the Commission, Hodges was a dedicated area agronomist for the
Panhandle and was a key driving force behind an agreement between Oklahoma State University and
Oklahoma Panhandle State University that transitioned the Oklahoma Panhandle Research Station from
33 acres in 1992 to a 500 acre research and education facility in 1995. With his help the Goodwell,
Okla., research station saw $350,000 worth of improvements to the irrigation lines and systems along
with the structures at their location.
“I been blessed with the opportunity to serve Oklahoma wheat producers,” said Hodges. “The
board members I have served under have been and are true leaders in not only their communities, but
within the state, nation and internationally. I am very proud of the fact the national industry leadership
shares that view as the Oklahoma Wheat Commission will have a 3rd member in 10 years serve as
Chairman of our international marketing arm in 2010.”
“On behalf of the commissioners and staff, I would like to thank Mark for his dedication to the
wheat industry,” said Jeff Krehbiel, Commission Chairman. “We would like to offer him our support in
his future endeavors.”
The Oklahoma Wheat Commission is actively seeking candidates to fill their Executive Director
position. Resumes will be taken from now until Feb. 1, 2009 for candidates that can perform many tasks.
This is administrative, technical, and public relations work promoting the utilization and marketing of
wheat and wheat products. Proper candidates will perform functions involve planning, developing, and
directing a promotional program to improve and expand market outlets and provide up-to-date wheat
information for the grain trade and Oklahoma wheat producers.
Work is performed under general supervision with some latitude for exercising independent
judgment and initiative within established laws of the "Wheat Resources Act" and policies set by the
Oklahoma Wheat Commission Board of Directors.
Qualified applicants must possess a B.S. Degree, M.S. Preferred, have demonstrated experience in
administration and/or market development, be familiar with the wheat industry, have superior written
and oral communication skills and the ability to work as a team member.
Candidates may contact the Oklahoma Wheat Commission at (405) 608-4350 for more information
or may send resumes to: Jeff Krehbiel, Chairman, Oklahoma Wheat Commission, Rt. 2, Box 155
Hydro, Okla., 73048, or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Oklahoma Wheat Commission is an Equal Opportunity Institution. Women and traditionally
underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.