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Dr. Gretchen Neisler

NameDr. Gretchen  Neisler
TitleSenior Advisor
DepartmentCenter for Global Connections in Food Agriculture and Natural Resources

Staff Profile:

Dr. Gretchen NeislerDr. Gretchen Neisler is the Director of the Center for Global Connections in Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources (CGC), a boundary-spanning global organization located in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University with over 45 years of international development experience.  In Dr. Neisler’s capacity as Director, she oversees a highly skilled team that is focused on reducing transaction costs for faculty and students to engage in global research and outreach opportunities. 

Dr. Neisler brings both depth and breadth in international development and higher education capacity building to CGC.  Neisler has extensive experience in working with institutes of higher education in Michigan and abroad.  Prior to her appointment at CGC, Dr. Neisler served as the Associate Provost for Strategic Planning at Albion College, where she facilitated and coordinated the development and implementation of a new college strategic plan.  Her international portfolio includes work across the Middle East, East Africa, West Africa, and Southeast Asia building sustainable partnerships within and for academic institutions.  She has led workshops with faculties from institutes of higher education and other public sector professionals on curriculum development, capacity building, leadership development, gender inclusiveness in the workplace and learning from our development failures. 

With the understanding that faculty at MSU must continue the tradition of being global problem solvers, Dr. Neisler co-founded the Academy for Global Engagement, a fellowship trainng program for early to mid-career faculty who are willing to both regularly participate in global activities and view their scholarship through a global lens. 

Engagement with international organizations and funding agencies is central to Dr. Neisler’s work.  She currently serves as the chair of the International Agriculture Section of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU). 

Dr. Neisler holds a B.S. in Animal Science, an M.S. in Agriculture Extension Education and a Ph.D. from MSU in Higher Education Administration.