Community Chatter on SDSU’s Chicoine-Monsanto Deal

Amanda Nolz 2 Comments

chicoinedavid_webcol Monsanto Company announced a few weeks ago the appointment of David L. Chicoine, Ph.D., to the company’s Board of Directors. Dr. Chicoine is currently president of South Dakota State University (SDSU) in Brookings, South Dakota. Dr. Chicoine is also a nationally recognized economist, specializing in public finance, taxation and rural economies.

Prior to joining SDSU in 2007, Dr. Chicoine held various positions of increasing responsibility with the University of Illinois, most recently as Vice President for Technology and Economic Development. His higher education administrative experience at the University of Illinois also includes service as Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Dean of the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the Urbana-Champaign campus.

This appointment has caused quite a stir at South Dakota State University. While many think that this partnership with Monsanto could bring advanced research opportunities to students and faculty, many are concerned about the politics of President Chicoine serving on the Monsanto Board of Directors. While he makes $300,000 as SDSU’s president, Monsanto will give him $400,000 compensation for his time on the board. I have listened intently to both sides of the story, and I can see why there are differing views. If you haven’t read up on this scenario, I have included some of the “hot button” articles in the news for you to read. Let me know your thoughts in this situation. Should a president of a university sit on a company’s board of directors? Are people overreacting, or is the community outburst warranted? What needs to change at land-grant universities, or what could be improved upon in the future? Looking for your thoughts and opinions today.

Some question Monsanto-Chicoine relationship

SDSU president’s dual role as head of Monsanto concerns some

SDSU’s ‘cozy’ deal questioned

Students and faculty concerned Chicoine’s ties to Monsanto could “taint” SDSU research

Collegian Questions Chicoine Monsanto Board Appointment


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  1. don corpier

    i am disgusted beyond imagination at this situation. this is nothing more than an outright violation of conflict of interest. my god, monsanto is nothing more than a predatory monster. they are trying to control the worlds food supply from seed to final product. how the state of s.dakota has allowed the president of s.d.u. to enter into a contract with the devil is beyond me. fox in the hen house situation. this guy is over paid to begin with never less several several hundred thousand dollars a year to rubber stamp the criminal behavior of monsanto. what do you expect from a state that has a smaller population than most large cities in this country. i think that the gov. all the way down to your legislature is being payed off by monsanto.

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