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Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation News 
December 13, 2021

Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation Selects New President and CEO

 The Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation (IALF) announces today that Todd Lowery will become its new President and CEO beginning December 16th.
Mr. Lowery joined the IALF in 2016, serving for two years as the Advanced Leadership and Alumni Relations Director. In 2018, he became the Program Director for the IALF’s flagship leadership program.
As President and CEO, Mr. Lowery will plan, organize, execute, and manage the business of the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation and the leadership program it supports with the direction of the Board of Directors. He will be responsible for achieving excellence in the following areas: management of office and staff; coordination of Board activities; fundraising; programming; and public relations.
“We are pleased to have Todd Lowery move into the role of President and CEO” says IALF Board Chair Dan Kelley. “Since joining the IALF in 2016, Mr. Lowery has demonstrated his dedication and professionalism to our organization. His experience in alumni relations, education programming, fundraising and knowledge of the IALF will serve the Foundation well.”

Mr. Lowery expressed his appreciation in being chosen to lead the IALF. “I am honored to serve in this new position,” stated Lowery. “The contributions the IALF has made towards the development of leaders for our industry spans 40 years. I look forward to leading our Foundation forward, working with our board, alumni, supporters and the current Class of 2023 to continue our mission to develop knowledgeable and effective leaders for agriculture.”

Todd Lowery succeeds past President and CEO Lee Strom, who stepped down in September to join Open Prairie, a private equity fund management firm. The IALF greatly appreciates Mr. Strom’s leadership during his tenure with the Foundation.

For further information, please direct inquiries to Dan Kelley at

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