The American Soybean Association has begun its search for its next chief executive officer. The announcement comes after former CEO Steve Censky was sworn in as U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture on Oct. 10.
“ASA has been a constant voice for soybean farmers, and as we approach our centennial, we will need a steady, assertive and visionary hand at the helm of our association,” said Ron Moore, president of the ASA. “We have put a national search framework in place to search for the most qualified candidates from both inside and outside the industry, and we will begin reviewing materials from those candidates immediately.”
The ASA said it has retained Hedlin Ag Enterprises to receive resumes from interested candidates and lead the ASA Search Committee through the search and interview process. Those interested in the position may view a description and submit materials by clicking here.
Censky was CEO of the ASA for the past 21 years. The transition marks a return to both Washington, D.C., and USDA for Censky. He began his career working as a legislative assistant for Senator Jim Abdnor. Later he served in both the Reagan and George H. W. Bush administrations at the USDA, eventually serving as administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service where he was involved in running U.S. export programs.
“We can’t thank Steve enough for the legacy he leaves here at ASA,” Moore said. “We are a more effective and representative advocate for soybean farmers because of him. He leaves big and well-worn shoes to fill — this isn’t an easy job, but it’s a rewarding one. We look to the candidates for the CEO position to bring their innovation and experience and novel concepts for advancing the soybean industry to us.”