Meet the team that guides The Hormel Institute’s mission and vision.

Message from the Executive Director

"Curiosity, diverse perspectives, and community support innovation and discovery—which is why The Hormel Institute intends to maintain and foster a welcoming, collaborative, and inclusive environment for working and learning. Through internal initiatives and expanded community outreach and education efforts, we intend to serve as a pillar of the local community, the broader biomedical research community, and beyond.

"I am proud to lead The Hormel Institute and dedicated to its continued progress. Together, let’s continue to advance research discoveries so that future generations can enjoy greater health and longer lives."

Dr. Robert Clarke


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Executive Leadership


The Hormel Institute Advisory Board

The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota
Robert Clarke, PhD, DSc - Executive Director
Elizabeth Fedie, MPNA - Chief of Staff


University of Minnesota

Brian Buhr, PhD - Dean College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences


University of Minnesota

Saara J. DeWalt, PhD - Dean of College of Biological Sciences

Jim Snee

Hormel Foods

Jim Snee - Chairman of the Board, President & Chief Executive Officer


Mayo Clinic

YS Prakash, MD, PhD - Associate Dean for Research, Midwest

Bonnie Rietz

The Hormel Foundation

Bonnie Rietz - Interim Chair, The Hormel Foundation