Assistant Professor, School of Planning, Design, and Construction; Director, MSU Center for Global Connections
B.S. in Animal Science, an M.S. in Agriculture Extension Education and a PhD from MSU in Higher Education Administration.
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 MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources with more than 45 years of international development experience. In her 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. Neisler brings both depth and breadth in international development and higher education capacity building to CGC. She has extensive experience in working with institutes of higher education in Michigan and abroad. Prior to her appointment at CGC, 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. Neisler 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, Neisler co-founded the Academy for Global Engagement, a fellowship training 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 her work, and she currently serves as the past chair of the International Agriculture Section of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities. Neisler holds B.S. in Animal Science, an M.S. in Agriculture Extension Education and a PhD from MSU in Higher Education Administration.