Shugart Lecture Series

The annual Shugart Lecture Series brings dietitians and food service and hospitality experts to Kansas State University for the enrichment of student curricula and to provide continuing education for practitioners in the field.

Established in 1975, the lecture series honors the late Grace M. Shugart, former department head in the College of Health and Human Sciences and co-author of Food for Fifty and Food Service in Institutions.

Shugart helped build the profession of dietetics and institutional management throughout the United States, serving as president of the American Dietetic Association. She also was a Medallion Award winner and received the Marjorie Hulsizer Copher Award, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' highest honor.

2021 Shugart Lecture: David Donnan, P.Eng., MBA

David DonnanDavid Donnan is a business leader and consultant with significant global experience in the agriculture, food and retail industries. During his career, Dave has run operating companies, managed food plants and consulted to leading global retail and consumer product companies in technology and supply chain strategies, and market positioning. He is a Partner Emeritus (retired) with Kearney, a global management-consulting firm, and ran their global food & beverage practice for ten years. He is also on the board of Naturally Chicago, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Rubicon Organics and a mentor to food entrepreneurs and startups at the Good Food Accelerator.

The 46th annual Grace M. Shugart Lecture Series was held on Thursday, April 29 at 5 p.m. via Zoom. Mr. Donnan presented his lecture "Constantly Connected: How FitBits, Smartphones and Wearables Are Changing Our Relationship With Food".

In conjunction with this year’s Shugart Lecture, Donnan took part in a leadership panel on Thursday. The lecture, Sustaining Sustainability, featured Donnan discussing “Can we feed the world?”. He was be joined by Anthony Kingsley, director of sustainability at Benson Hill at Northwestern University, and Marie Spiker, assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington. Kingsley discussed consumers and diners, while Spiker addressed education and careers focused on sustainability.

Lecture Video Archive

2021: David Donnan

2019: Donna Martin

2018: Tatyana El-Kour

2017: Martin Yadrick

2016: George Dilly

2015: Penny McConnell

2014: Cynthia Kiser Murphey

2013: Mary B. Gregoire