Program Management

Executive Leadership Team

Winthrop B. Phippen, Ph.D.
Project Director

Dr. Win Phippen currently serves as the Project Director for IPREFER a multi-institutional $10M National Institute for Food and Agriculture project focused on commercializing pennycress as a viable new cash cover crop for the Midwest Corn Belt. The IPREFER project (Integrated Pennycress Research Enabling Farm and Energy Resilience) focuses on optimizing agronomic protocols, breeding line development, assessment of environmental impacts, supply chain requirements, and community outreach.

Dr. Phippen is a professor of Plant Breeding and Genetics in the School of Agriculture at Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL. He received his master’s degree from Cornell University in plant breeding and a doctorate degree from Purdue University. His research for the last 20 years has focused on agronomic and breeding improvement of alternative and new crops such as: milkweed, cuphea, hemp, and most recently pennycress.

310 Knoblauch Hall
University Circle
Macomb IL 61455

David Marks, Ph.D.

Professor of Plant and Microbial Biology
Department of Plant Biology
University of Minnesota
140 Gortner Laboratory, 1479 Gortner Ave
St. Paul, MN 55108

John C. Sedbrook, Ph.D.

Professor of Genetics
School of Biological Sciences
Illinois State University
Campus Box 4120
Normal, IL 61790

M. Scott Wells, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Agronomy and Plant Genetics
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
University of Minnesota
College of Biological Sciences Building
St. Paul, MN 55108-6026

M. Scott Wells, Ph.D. is a member if the IPREFER Executive Leadership Team and a co-project investigator. Dr. Wells is an assistant professor in Agronomy and Plant Genetics in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the University in Minnesota, St. Paul, MN. He received his master’s and doctorate degrees from North Carolina State University. His research for the last six years has focused on agronomic improved of winter annual cover crops and oilseeds for annual row crop production systems.

Anne Kinzel (Program Manager)