The External Advisory Committee is a committee made up of persons outside of the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics. The committee is tasked with providing advice on Departmental programs as an external group with appropriate interests in the State of Illinois; responding to requests for advice on policy regarding operation and direction of the Department, after appropriate briefing from the Head of the Department; and bringing to the attention of the Head of the Department the committee's concerns about policy matters and other questions of substance as these affect the operation and direction of the Department.

Members are appointed for a three-year term. Terms begin in August and run through a full academic year. 

External Advisory Committee 2023-24

Sharon Allen

Sharon Allen

Term: 2023-2026

Education: 
University of Illinois, B.S. 1999, Finance 

Current Position: Co-Founder and CEO, Sterling Wealth Management

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David Chicoine

David Chicoine

Term: 2019-2025

Education: 
South Dakota State, B.S. 1969, Agricultural Economics 
University of Delaware, M.S. 1971, Agricultural Economics 
Western Illinois University, M.A. 1978, Economics 
University of Illinois, Ph.D. 1979, Agricultural Economics  

Current Position: Professor Emeritus of Economics and President Emeritus, South Dakota State University

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Corey Flournoy

Corey Flournoy

Term: 2018-2024

Education: 
University of Illinois, B.S. 1998, Agricultural and Consumer Economics 
University of Michigan, M.S. 2006, Agricultural and Extension Education 

Current Position: Co-Founder and Principal, Creative Outreach Consulting

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Landon Frye

Landon Frye

Term: 2018-2024

Education: 
University of Illinois, B.S. 2012, Agricultural and Consumer Economics  

Current Position: Director of Sales & Partnerships, Ambrook

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Terry Hinds

Terry Hinds

Term: 2019-2025

Education: 
University of Illinois, B.S. 1978, Agricultural Economics 
University of Wisconsin, Graduate School of Banking 1996 

Current Position: Chief New Markets & Assurance Officer, Compeer Financial

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Lauren Lurkins

Lauren Lurkins

Term: 2018-2024

Education: 
Saint Louis University, B.S. 2003, Environmental Science 
Southern Illinois University, J.D. 2006 

Current Position: Founder, Lurkins Strategies, LLC

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David Maurer

David Maurer

Term: 2019-2025

Education: 
University of Illinois, B.S. Agricultural Science, 1984 

Current Position: Commercial Manager for Urban Pest Management, Corteva Agriscience

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Micah Pope

Micah Pope

Term: 2023-2026

Education: 
University of Illinois, B.S. Agricultural Economics, 2008 
Purdue University, M.S. Agricultural Economics, 2006 

Current Position: Senior Consultant, Centrec Consulting Group

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Mindy Spencer

Mindy Spencer

Term: 2023-2026

Education: 
University of Illinois, B.S. Agricultural Economics ‘97 
University of Illinois, MBA Marketing ‘98 

Current Position: Vice President for University Advancement, Eastern Illinois University

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Susan Sutherland

Susan Sutherland

Term: 2019-2025

Education: 
University of Illinois, B.S. 1979, Agricultural Economics 
University of Illinois, M.S. 1981, Agricultural Economics 
University of Illinois, MBA, 1982 

Current Position: Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, U.S. Air Force Academy Foundation

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Past Members

Corey Flournoy (2018-2024) - Co-Founder and Principal, Creative Outreach Consulting

Landon Frye (2018-2024) - Director of Sales & Partnerships, Ambrook

Lauren Lurkins (2018-2024) - Founder, Lurkins Strategies, LLC