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Kate Thornton, director of global education in the College of Human Sciences and director of hunger and sustainability initiatives for Auburn’s Hunger Solutions Institute, has been named a director of the Kirchner Food Fellowship.

The fellowship provides an opportunity for a group of student leaders from North American universities to be engaged in investment decisions for agriculture-oriented businesses with ground-breaking technologies which can provide long-term sustainable solutions, both environmentally and economically.

“Kate is an excellent addition to our team and we are honored to be able to expose our fellows to her expertise and experience,” said Blair Kirchner, a fellow director of the Kirchner Food Fellowship. “Her wealth of knowledge around issues related to hunger and food security will be a tremendous asset to our program.”

The Hunger Solutions Institute at Auburn is a founding partner of the Kirchner Food Fellowship and seeks to share knowledge and best practices in the fight against hunger and malnutrition by creating multi-sector partnerships to solve hunger at the community, state and global levels.

Thornton, a three-time Auburn alumna, has been on the Human Sciences faculty since 2012.