Spradlin will step down as CEO of GROWMARK later this month
GROWMARK, Inc. honors 40-year career of CEO Jim Spradlin with gifts from his alma mater, the College of Illinois. The GROWMARK Foundation is allocating $ 50,000 to establish the James Spradlin Scholarship Fund. (Photo courtesy)
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – GROWMARK, Inc. honors 40-year career of CEO Jim Spradlin with gifts from his alma mater, the College of Illinois.
The GROWMARK Foundation is allocating $ 50,000 to establish the James Spradlin Scholarship Fund. This permanent endowment fund at the College of Illinois will annually provide financial aid to students or undergraduates specializing in agribusiness or a similar field.
In addition, the GROWMARK Foundation will provide the Illinois College with a $ 25,000 gift to be used for internships, global research, student and faculty research, community engagement and other empirical learning opportunities for students studying agribusiness and other areas related to business.
Spradlin will step down as CEO of GROWMARK later this month. He began his career at GROWMARK in 1982 as an intern-accountant at Schuyler-Brown FS, shortly after graduating from Illinois College. Since then, Spradlin has held ten positions in the GROWMARK system, holding the position of CEO since 2014.
“The GROWMARK system has marked a remarkable growth and transformation under Jim and his vision as CEO, and Illinois College has been the cornerstone of his successful career,” said Amy Bradford, CEO of the GROWMARK Foundation. “Jim is very grateful for these gifts from his alma mater to help further educational opportunities for future agribusiness leaders.”
Illinois College President Barbara A. Farley praised Spradlin’s leadership and vision as a member of the Illinois College Board of Trustees and congratulated him on his retirement. Thanks to the fund’s generous gifts, GROWMARK is expanding Spradlin’s legacy in the agricultural community, she added.
“This gift will be used for dynamic and meaningful hands-on learning for prospective students who may one day follow in the footsteps of Jim Spradlin,” Farley said. “We are honored to provide these opportunities to Illinois College students and are pleased to pass on something of who Jim is through these awards: his honesty, pioneering spirit and sustained commitment to the farming community.”
The Illinois College was founded in 1829, the Illinois College as a residential college of the humanities that promotes academic success based on experiential learning opportunities, preparing students for success throughout life. The college is located in Jacksonville, Illinois. With more than 1,000 students enrolled, the college offers more than 50 undergraduate programs.
GROWMARK is an agricultural cooperative that serves nearly 400,000 customers across North America, providing agronomy, energy, engineering and construction, as well as logistics products and services, as well as grain marketing and risk management services. GROWMARK, headquartered in Bloomington, Illinois, owns the FS trademarks used by licensed member cooperatives. More information is available at growmark.com.
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