This week Vernon interviews Dr. Ann Hoyt, retired Department Chair of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Consumer Science. Vernon and Dr. Hoyt will discuss her involvement in the cooperative movement, and her recent appointment to the Group Health Cooperative Board of South Central Wisconsin.
Hoyt, is an internationally known expert on cooperatives, who began her distinguished career in the 1960s as a member of the Berkley Consumer Food Co-op. Her academic interest in cooperatives took root in graduate school at University of California at Davis, where her Master’s Thesis focused on the Consumer Cooperative of Sacramento.
Hoyt was elected to the board of the National Cooperative Bank in 1982. In 1985 she joined the University of Wisconsin at Madison’s Department of Consumer Science and the UW Center for Cooperatives. In 1992 she began serving on the board of the National Cooperative Business Association where she served as chair from 2004 – 2006. In 1994 she was elected to the board of the University of Wisconsin Credit Union where she served as chair from 1996 to 2005.
Always active in the national food cooperatives, Ann began her 25 year directorship of the annual Consumer Cooperative Management Association (CCMA) in 1988. Her love of teaching led to work in board education and governance, and the launch of an intensive education program for food cooperative managers, the Cooperative Management Institute (CMI). She has trained several thousand cooperative and non-profit directors and managers throughout the country and is the creator of a video-based director training program for cooperatives. Hoyt is the recipient of the 2014 Cooperative Service Award from CCMA and was inducted to the Cooperative Hall of Fame earlier this year, by the Cooperative Development Foundation.
To see the Heroes video of Dr. Hoyt’s involvement in the Cooperative Movement Click Here!