Agribusiness leader. Strategic thinker. Champion of education. Across three decades of service, Fred Sutton has shared his leadership skills and generous spirit in support of Zamorano, its students, and its mission.
Professionally, Fred’s 33-year career with Monsanto Company spanned two continents and two business divisions. He served ten years in Monsanto’s chemical business and twenty-three on the agricultural side, including 12 years in charge of all Latin American business. He also represented Monsanto on the Board of Directors of the Latin American Agribusiness Development Corporation (LAAD) and served as chairman of the LAAD Board for several years. It was during this time that he was invited to explore a volunteer leadership role at Zamorano.
Fred joined Zamorano’s Board of Trustees in 1990. Early on, he provided leadership in strategic planning and was instrumental in establishing new disciplines in organizational structure and planning processes. The Board addressed operations and infrastructure, including aging properties and deferred maintenance. Fred has always served on the Trustees’ Finance Committee and was likewise influential in developing improved systems for fiscal planning. Fred counts the transition to a four-year degree program and the establishment of the Masters in Tropical Sustainable Agriculture as other highlights of his tenure on the Board of Trustees
After retirement from Monsanto, Fred remained active through local and international consulting. A strong proponent of education, he became involved with the Midwest Braille Volunteers, providing them – as at Zamorano – with assistance in strategic and financial planning. He also provides leadership on behalf of aging populations and has served on the Board of Directors of Friendship Village, a continuing care retirement community, for over a decade. In his role as a Zamorano University Trustee Emeritus, Fred continues to share time, expertise and leadership on the Finance Committee and to provide generous scholarship support.
“Having run Latin American businesses and through service on the Board of LAAD, I realized the need for education throughout Latin America to develop agriculture and infrastructure,” Fred said. “I was exposed to Zamorano graduates at Monsanto and through LAAD, and saw that these graduates are what the region needs.”
Fred and his wife Debbie reside in Des Peres, Missouri. They have three sons and seven grandchildren, one of whom is an Annapolis graduate now serving in the U.S. Navy on nuclear submarines.