Rick Foster


Department of Community Sustainability

W.K. Kellogg Chair in Food, Society and Sustainability

Natural Resources
480 Wilson Rd Room 308a
East Lansing MI 48824 US

Rick Foster is the W.K. Kellogg Chair in Food, Society and Sustainability in the Department of Community Sustainability. Foster came to MSU in 2010 following a 17 year career as Program Vice President at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek. Since coming to MSU he served as the Founding Director of MSU Extension Community, Food & Environment Institute (2010-2012) – directing MSU Extension’s educational efforts in community and economic development, natural resources and stewardship, food systems and resource allocation. He currently teaches Leadership and Grantwriting classes in CSUS, and provides outreach and creative support for community sustainability in cities across Michigan. While at WKKF,  his advice and support have made possible the Student Organic Farm; the Land Policy Institute; the W.K. Kellogg Chair in Agriculture, Food and Community Ethics; the Great Lakes Leadership Academy;  and many other initiatives at MSU. Prior to joining the Kellogg Foundation in 1991, Foster worked at the University of Nebraska in international development activities (Africa and Central America) and was instrumental in establishing the School of Agriculture for the Humid Tropical Region (EARTH University) in Costa Rica.