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Three AAEA Members Elected to Association’s 2021 Leadership

Khanna, Awokuse, and Grebitus join AAEA Executive Board in July 2020

After a month of voting, AAEA has named a new leader to their Executive Committee. Madhu Khanna from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be the incoming President-Elect for the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association’s (AAEA).

Khanna previously served on the Board of Directors for AAEA from 2016 to 2019. She says, “I am honored to be elected by my peers to be the President of AAEA and to have the opportunity to continue to grow AAEA into a vibrant association that is inclusive of a greater diversity of specializations, institutions and regions. AAEA plays a vital role in keeping us all connected, even more so, in these challenging times and I would like to see it become an even more effective voice for a broad range of societally relevant issues important to its membership.”

Joining the Board of Directors this year are Titus Awokuse, from Michigan State University and Carola Grebitus from Arizona State University.

Awokuse says, “I’m thrilled by this good news and look forward to the opportunity to serve our profession as a member of the AAEA Board.”

Grebitus is excited, “about the opportunity to serve on the Board, and is looking forward to working on strategies to increase numbers of AAEA industry members by staying relevant, and communicating all AAEA has to offer.”

Khanna, Awokuse, and Grebitus will begin their new roles for AAEA starting July 28, at the culimination of the 2020 AAEA Annual Meeting.

Rotating off the AAEA Board of Directors after a three-year term are Kathy Baylis from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Norbert Wilson from Tufts University.

ABOUT AAEA: Established in 1910, the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) is the leading professional association for agricultural and applied economists, with 2,500 members in more than 60 countries. Members of the AAEA work in academic or government institutions as well as in industry and not-for-profit organizations, and engage in a variety of research, teaching, and outreach activities in the areas of agriculture, the environment, food, health, and international development. The AAEA publishes two journals, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics and Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy, as well as the online magazine Choices and the online open access publication series Applied Economics Teaching Resources. To learn more, visit

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