Ginder inducted into Nebraska Cooperative Council Hall of Fame

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Roger Ginder, emeritus professor in the Department of Economics at Iowa State University, was inducted into the Nebraska Cooperative Council Hall of Fame on November 22, 2013.

The induction is designed to recognize individuals whose leadership has been instrumental in the growth of Nebraska cooperatives, and who have fostered a better understanding of the principles of cooperatives.

Ginder was instrumental in creating and delivering a model Director Certification Program (DCP) for cooperative directors in both Iowa and Nebraska. The program was a partnership between the councils and universities in Iowa and Nebraska, and CoBank, a farm credit lender. Over 1540 cooperative directors from Nebraska have graduated from the DCP since its beginnings in 1978.

Ginder has also shown leadership through his research and extension activities on issues impacting cooperatives, such as the use of nonqualified equity, condominium storage, StarLink corn, and his work around the 1980s financial crisis. He served on the cooperative board of Land O’ Lakes from 1996 to 2002, and is currently serving on the board of West Central Cooperative in Ralston, Iowa.

“The members of the co-op council and a lot of the directors are people who I’ve trained over the years, so to receive this recognition from them tells me that the program has value and they’ve appreciated what they learned,” he says.

Ginder grew up on a farm in central Illinois and received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Southern Illinois University. After serving as an ag marketing specialist at the University of Delaware, Ginder moved to the University of Kentucky, where he received his Ph.D in 1978. That same year, he started his service at Iowa State University, a position he maintained until his retirement in 2010.

The induction ceremony was held in conjunction with the council’s annual meeting in Kearney, Nebraska. Ginder is the 58th member to be inducted into the distinguished group of cooperative leaders. A plaque with a picture and the biography of each of these inductees is prominently displayed in the office of the Nebraska Cooperative Council, preserving the history for future generations of cooperative leaders.

Image left to right: David Briggs, board director of the Nebraska Cooperative Council; Rochelle Ginder; Roger Ginder; and Bob Andersen, executive director of the Nebraska Cooperative Council.