- BS Chemical Engineering 1963
Mr. James C. Crowder, a native of Eau Claire, Michigan, earned a degree in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 1963. While at Michigan Tech, he served as president of the AIChE Student Chapter and was a member of Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity. He joined Grain Processing Corporation after graduation in 1963. He worked in several areas of the company, including business development, production, engineering, environmental control, purchasing, safety, quality control, and product research and development. Mr. Crowder was promoted to Vice President in 1986, to Senior Vice President in charge of manufacturing in 1989, to Executive Vice President in 1996 and to President in 2001. In 1972 he formed Crowder Properties, which engages in real estate investment and management. In 1989, he completed the University of Iowa Executive Development Program.
Mr. Crowder is a member of the following: Wesley United Methodist Church, Muscatine Chamber of Commerce, Rotary International, American Management Association, The Industrial Research Institute, Grain Processing Corporation’s Board of Directors and Muscatine Power and Water’s Board of Directors. He was a Co-Chair of the Girl Scouts’ Camp Sacajawea Maintenance Committee from 1975-1984. Mr. Crowder was President of Geneva Golf and Country Club from 1985 to 1987, and has served as Chair of the club’s Finance Committee since 1987. In 1997, he served on the Iowa Department of Economic Development Committee to develop the Iowa Plan, with the goal of improving the quality of life for all Iowans.
From 1995 Induction to the Department of Chemical Engineering Academy