The American Dairy Products Institute (ADPI) said it welcomed Dustin Dean, Ph.D., to the ADPI Center of Excellence. Dean is an animal nutrition expert whose experience and skills complement the existing panel of experts comprising ADPI’s Center of Excellence resources.

The ADPI Center of Excellence is a network of experienced dairy industry professionals with a diversity of expertise to be a tangible resource of information and assist ADPI members on a wide range of topics. The group is a key part of ADPI’s ongoing activities as the “go-to” authority on dairy ingredients. The center provides ADPI members with an easy and economical way to gain access to industry experts capable of addressing dairy-related questions, issues and opportunities of interest they might have, Elmhurst, Ill.-based ADPI said.

ADPI Center of Excellence professionals are available to help ADPI members, providing free consultations (up to two hours per topic). All interactions are treated as highly confidential, and Center of Excellence members operate under nondisclosure agreements, as required by ADPI. They also share their subject matter expertise throughout the year by participating in ADPI’s events, including seminars, conferences, symposia, webinars and educational programs, ADPI said.

Dean has spent his career working in the areas of product innovation and applied nutrition at the farm level. He has also worked for multinational companies in both the feed ingredient and nutrition areas and is currently a consulting swine nutritionist. He has experience and can assist ADPI members with swine, poultry, equine, dairy calves and pet food ingredients, and nutrition, in addition to feed applications for dairy ingredients, ADPI said.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Dr. Dean to the ADPI Center of Excellence. His addition to the program reflects ADPI’s commitment to provide our members with reliable, meaningful and useful information,” said Blake B. Anderson, ADPI president and CEO.

Dean fills the vacancy within the ADPI Center of Excellence that was created with the retirement of Jim Sullivan, Ph.D., this June.

“ADPI would also like to thank Dr. Jim Sullivan for his many years of service to the industry, and more recently for serving as a subject matter expert for animal nutrition on the ADPI Center of Excellence team,” stated Anderson. “We wish Dr. Sullivan the very best as he closes his consultancy to enjoy a well-deserved retirement.”

The ADPI Center of Excellence resource professionals are always ready to address ADPI member questions or concerns, ADPI said. Current Center of Excellence professionals include K.J. Burrington; Michael Culhane, Ph.D.; Veronique Lagrange; Mike McCully; Dan Meyer; Phil Plourd; Geoffrey W. Smithers, Ph.D.; Phil Tong, Ph.D.; Dean Tjornehoj; David Clark, Ph.D.

ADPI invites all members to visit the ADPI website at to learn more about its Center of Excellence members and their areas of expertise.