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Gretchen Neisler to Lead International Agriculture Section of APLU

Gretchen Neisler to Lead International Agriculture Section of APLU

Dr. Gretchen Neisler, Director of the Center for Global Connections in Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources, was recently elected Chair of the International Agriculture Section (IAS) of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU). As Chair, Neisler will serve the liaison to the APLU Board on Agriculture Assembly, the governing body for the Agriculture and Natural Resource Deans across the country as well as the APLU Council on International Initiatives.

Representing 144 universities with active international agriculture programs, Dr. Neisler’s priorities for her team as chair include:

  • Working with the USDA to internationalize their programming
  • Engaging with federal agencies to promote and enhance the whole of government approach to international research and development
  • Assisting member universities in growing and enhancing their international agriculture programs
  • Conveying the international agriculture priorities of the member instiutions to Congree

APLU is a research, policy, and advocacy organizsation representing 237 public universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and affiliated organizations. APLU is lead by Mr. Peter McPherson, the former President of Michigan State University from 1993-2004.