CANR Offices & Units

Office of the Dean

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources translates basic and applied research in the areas of food, energy and environment into real-life solutions better than any other place in the country. The Office of the Dean provides direction and guidance to our faculty, staff and students to reach those goals.

Office of Academic and Student Affairs

The CANR provides undergraduate students an academically challenging environment where they will put their knowledge into practice on campus, in Michigan and around the globe. The Office of Academic and Student Affairs serves as the home base for our students. It’s where they seek guidance on academic matters, student activities and careers. It’s also where our new students find out more about the CANR.

Office of Budget and Finance

The CANR Budget and Finance office provides management for budgeting, finance and human resources.

Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The mission of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is that it will serve as a resource that faculty, staff and graduate students within the units of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) to develop intentional efforts to recruit and retain diverse faculty, staff and graduate students to enhance teaching, research and extension.

To this end, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion works with relevant departments to recruit diverse students, faculty, and staff; to support the professional development of members of our community from diverse and historically underserved backgrounds; and to represent and advocate for diverse representation in academic and professional fields in agriculture and natural resources.

Office of External Relations

Alumni and donors in the CANR alumni have a positive impact on society and are a force for good, individually and collectively. They are essential partners in growing our capabilities for research, teaching and outreach. The CANR Office of External Relations is the meeting point for our more than 65,000 alumni and donors.

Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Technology Services

The ANR Technology Services Team supports technologies that foster an effective learning environment. ANR Tech Services provides excellent service to our students, faculty members, administrators and support staff. ANR Tech Services also encourages progressive use of technology is critical to the overall growth of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, MSU Extension and AgBioResearch.

Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Communications

ANR Communications is the communications unit for MSU Extension and the CANR. MSU Extension and the CANR use ANR Communications to inform clients, stakeholders, legislators and the general public about their work, or when planning and managing a workshop, conference or other event. ANR Communications also works to address multiple audiences and is experienced in how to budget and keep appropriate records for grant-funded and general fund projects and events.

Center for Global Connections

The Center for Global Connections in Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources coordinates both academic and nonacademic units to continue building an international dimension in ongoing programs of teaching, research and extension. Many projects include training components, bringing international students to MSU master’s and Ph.D. programs and for short-term non-degree programs.


Michigan State University (MSU) Extension

MSU Extension helps people improve their lives by bringing the vast knowledge resources of MSU directly to individuals, communities and businesses. For more than 100 years, MSU Extension has helped grow Michigan’s economy by equipping Michigan residents with the information that they need to do their jobs better, raise healthy and safe families, build their communities and empower our children to dream of a successful future.

Michigan State University (MSU) AgBioResearch

MSU AgBioResearch encompasses the work of more than 300 scientists in seven colleges at MSU, including several in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

These researchers, in on-campus laboratories and at 13 outlying research centers across the state, investigate topics that range from agricultural production, alternative energy and biofuel production, food safety and environmental stewardship to childhood obesity, community development and the quality of life of Michigan youth and families.

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