Dr. Hugh Smeltekop, Executive Director

Hugh is responsible for the oversight of development and fundraising activities at CPF and managing communication and strategic vision at the College. Based in St. Paul, Minnesota, Hugh meets with individual donors, foundations, and private businesses interested in supported students and special projects at the UAC-CP.

Hugh previously served as Director at the College during the 2013 academic year and was Vice Director for five years. In total, he has more than twelve years of experience at the College. During his tenure there, he taught classes, developed and implemented extension and research projects, and coordinated international projects with collaborating universities. He is also credited with developing the College’s successful Research Institute and Thesis Boot Camp in 2006.

Hugh holds a Ph.D. in Agronomy from Michigan State University and an M.S. in Soil Science from South Dakota State University.

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