Jul 29, 2021
Idaho Potato Commission’s search for new president remains ongoing

Longtime Idaho Potato Commission President and CEO Frank Muir is set to retire in a matter of months, and the search for his replacement is ongoing.

An independent search firm has been hired to find a pool of candidates. The firm consulted the commissioners prior to starting its search, current commission chairman Todd Cornelison told Spudman.

“We did have a lot of say. They did extensive interviews and questionnaires and even spent a day at the office,” Cornelison said via email. “So, they are very aware of what we would like. They are telling us the job is very sought after because they have had many applicants.”

He added that the pool will be whittled down to 10 to 15 candidates, at which time the commission will start interviewing. The tentative timeframe to announce a new president is October.

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Current commissioners include Cornelison, vice chair Brett Jensen, as well as Bryan Wada, Dan Nakamura, Eric Jemmett, Mark Darrington, Julie VanOrden, Ron Ambrose and Paul Saito.

Established in 1937, the IPC is a state agency that is responsible for promoting and protecting the famous “Grown in Idaho” seal, a federally registered trademark that assures consumers they are purchasing genuine, top-quality Idaho potatoes. Idaho’s ideal growing conditions, including rich, volcanic soil, climate and irrigation differentiate Idaho potatoes from potatoes grown in other states.

Muir has led the IPC for 18 years.

For more on the IPC, visit idahopotato.com.

Top photo: Frank Muir will soon retire after 18 years as president and CEO of the Idaho Potato Commission. 

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