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UMKC CHANCELLOR JOINS MIDWEST GRAIN BOARD

 ATCHISON, Kan., June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Eleanor Schwartz, D.B.A., chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, was appointed to fill a vacancy on the board of directors of Midwest Grain Products, Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: MWGP) today. She replaces Jim Hosier, former president of McCormick Distilling Company, who resigned from the board following Midwest Grain's divestiture of McCormick on Dec. 31. The current term expires on Oct. 8, 1993, at which time Schwartz will be eligible for election to a new three-year term by holders of Midwest Grain's common stock.
 Board Chairman Cloud L. "Bud" Cray welcomed Schwartz by praising her numerous professional and civic achievements. "Throughout her career, she has demonstrated tremendous wisdom and a strong visionary sense," he said. "We at Midwest Grain are fortunate to have her join our ranks as a director and to help guide us into a new era of exciting growth."
 Cray also commended Hosier, who had served on the board since 1987, for his "outstanding contributions to key decisions which aided in bringing our company to its present level of success." Hosier stepped down from the board when he elected to remain as CEO of McCormick after its sale. He has since resigned from that post, citing health reasons for his decision to leave the Weston, Mo., operation.
 Schwartz, who has a long history of involvement in higher education, was appointed chancellor of UMKC in May 1992. She served as the university's vice chancellor for academic affairs from 1986 until she became chancellor.
 Schwartz joined the university in 1980 as dean of the Bloch School of Business and Public Administration and Harzfeld professor of business administration. Prior to that she served as an associate dean of the James J. Nance College of Business Administration, Cleveland State University; acting chairperson of the Department of Marketing, Cleveland State University; and assistant dean of admissions at Georgia State University.
 Since 1964, Schwartz has served in various professorial positions and on numerous academic boards and councils. She is a widely researched and published scholar in the areas of management, marketing and women in business.
 A longtime community advocate, Schwartz is committed to service in the private and non-profit sector and has served on numerous boards, including: Country Club Bank; American Bank; Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City; Silicon Prairie Technology Association; the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce; Research Medical Center; Truman Medical Center Charitable Foundation; National Council of Christians and Jews; American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business; and many others.
 Her other activities include work with the U.S. Small Business Administration Region IV Advisory Council; the United Way Community Planning Research Council; the Toy and Miniature Museum Board; the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges; and the American Business Women's Association.
 The recipient of many awards, Schwartz was honored with the 1989 Kansas City Career Woman of the Year Award. She received her bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in business administration from Georgia State University in Atlanta.
 Immediately preceding the appointment of Schwartz to Midwest Grain's board, directors declared a dividend of 12.5 cents per share on the company's common stock to all stockholders of record July 8, 1993, with the payable date being Aug. 10, 1993.
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 /CONTACT: Steve Pickman of Midwest Grain Products, 913-367-1480/
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