Oran B. Hesterman, a national leader in sustainable agriculture and food systems, will be the keynote speaker at the commencement for Antioch University New England (AUNE) students on May 18.
Hesterman is president and chief executive officer of Fair Food Network, a nonprofit organization based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is the author of Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All, as well as more than 400 reports and articles on subjects such as cover crops, crop rotation, and the impact of philanthropic investments on food systems practice and policy.
Before starting Fair Food Network, Hesterman co-led the Integrated Farming Systems and Food and Society Programs for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for fifteen years. During that time the foundation seeded the local food systems movement with more than $200 million. Hesterman worked on national and international food system projects and collaborations, and organized seminars on sustainable agriculture and community-based food systems on behalf of the foundation.
Prior to the Kellogg Foundation, Hesterman was a fellow at the National Center for Food and Agriculture Policy in Washington, DC, and a professor of crop and soil science at Michigan State University from 1984 to 1995.
Hesterman earned his bachelor’s degree in plant science/vegetable crops, and his master’s degree in agronomy from the University of California, Davis. He received his doctorate in agronomy and business administration from the University of Minnesota, St. Paul.
At the May 18 Commencement, AUNE will confer master’s degrees in applied psychology, education, environmental studies, and management at commencement. Doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, marriage and family therapy, and environmental studies will also be awarded.