Aug 22, 2022
MSU appoints director of Institute for Agricultural Technology

Michigan State University has selected a new director for its Institute for Agricultural Technology (IAT), which offers agricultural educational programs to graduates through industry-specific training.

Jennifer Rivera starts in the role Jan. 1.

Jennifer Rivera

She’s been a valued member of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources community since 2006, said Kelly F. Millenbah, interim dean of MSU.

“Dr. Rivera brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in agricultural talent development to her new IAT role, and I know that Michigan’s students, employers and communities will benefit from her leadership of this critical program,” Millenbah said in a statement.

Rivera is an associate professor in the Department of Community Sustainability and is director of the Bailey Scholars Program.

Dorcia Chaison will continue as interim dean of IAT through the end of the year.

There are currently 328 IAT students. The program is offered in many locations throughout the state as a partnership between MSU and various community colleges.

“The recent hiring fills an important role in providing technical training for our workforce,” said Carl Bednarski, president of Michigan Farm Bureau.

“Our Farm Bureau members value the MSU IAT program and the continued connection and educational opportunity it provides through the state of Michigan,” Bednarski said. “It is critical MSU IAT leadership have an understanding, knowledge and connection to the agricultural community and work with the agricultural industry to continue to build and strengthen the educational opportunity for students across Michigan.”

—Michigan Farm Bureau


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