Mark Hodges has been named executive director of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission. Hodges, who is currently serving as the administrator of the Oregon Wheat Commission, will officially begin his duties on May 1.

A native of Forgan, Okla., Hodges received a bachelor's of science degree in agronomy at Panhandle State University, and a master's of science degree in agronomy from Oklahoma State University.

“The Oklahoma Wheat Commission is excited to have Mark Hodges as our new director,” said Keith Kisling, chairman of the OWC. “He is well known in the Oklahoma grain trade to be a promoter of direct shipments of Oklahoma wheat to Mexico. He is also a promoter of the Wheat Foods Council to domestic consumption.

“Mark has been involved with U.S. Wheat Associates as chair of committees and a speaker at national meetings. His ability to relate to Oklahoma producers will be a benefit to all.”

In 1989, he became the area Extension specialist in agronomy for the northwest district of Oklahoma. In 1996, Hodges joined the OWC as executive director, a position he held for over three years before accepting the administrator's position at Oregon Wheat Commission.

Hodges served on the Pacific Northwest International Trade Association Board of Directors and is the past chairman of state wheat commission administrators.