Harmonie Marie Bettenhausen has been appointed Director of the Hartwick College Center for Craft Food & Beverage.
College President Margaret L. Drugovich made the announcement in a press release. Bettenhausen will assume the role at the end of June and succeed Aaron MacLeod, who was the centre’s first director for seven years.
Bettenhausen comes to Hartwick from Colorado State University, where she is completing doctoral research in horticulture, particularly in aroma chemistry, sensory science, agricultural biology, and crop metabolomics for food and health. , according to the press release.
Drugovich said of the selection: “The Hartwick Center for Craft Food & Beverage has proven to be the catalyst for the innovation and growth of the beverage industry that we were hoping for. Harmonie has the depth and breadth of expertise to open the next chapter of CCFB’s work with the brewing and distillation industry, throughout the supply chain. I look forward to her leadership as she builds on the great work of Founding Director Aaron Macleod.
Launched in 2014, the Hartwick CCFB is a testing, business development and education resource for breweries, wineries, distilleries, farms, and other artisanal food and beverage producers.
“I am delighted to join Hartwick College and the Center for Craft Food & Beverage,” Bettenhausen said in the statement. “I look forward to continuing to maintain excellent relationships and build new partnerships and collaborations within the malting, brewing and distilling industries, as well as in some new areas of opportunity. I am honored to be part of an exceptionally innovative and progressive institution.
Patricia Delaney, Director of the Griffiths Center for Collaboration & Innovation, helped lead the search for the new CCFB Director. She said: “Ms. Bettenhausen will expand her research capabilities into new areas, build on Hartwick’s relationships with other leading institutes and develop new training opportunities to support our clients in this creative and dynamic industry. .
Originally from Chicago, Bettenhausen holds a bachelor’s degree in animal science / equine science and an interdisciplinary master’s degree in food science and food safety from Colorado State University.
The announcement came shortly after the college launched an initiative that will complement CCFB, the Hartwick College Grain Innovation Center. In partnership with the city of Oneonta, the center will provide testing and technical support to producers, millers and bakers, the statement said. It will house a research bakery, laboratory and space to host workshops and other educational events. A national search is underway for the inaugural director of the GIC.
For more information on the Center for Craft Food & Beverage at Hartwick, visit www.hartwick.edu/craftfoodandbeverage.