Agriculture and Natural Resources Communications has a new director as of Dec. 10. Doug Brinklow comes to the role with more than 25 years of communications and marketing experience. He has held leadership roles at Dow Chemical with responsibilities in media, publications, brand strategy, product communications, advertising, marketing, video publications and social media. Recently, he was director of global marketing and communication and corporate advertising for Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) and communication advisor to the president of ADM’s global corn processing business.
Doug is coming home, so to speak, as he obtained his bachelor’s degree here at Michigan State University in agriculture and natural resources communications.
Doug is very excited about returning to his alma mater.
“I half expect the theme to ‘Welcome Back, Kotter’ to break out when I walk the halls of the Ag building. I have nothing but great memories about my time here and now I get a chance to help keep everything moving forward for the university, college, MSU Extension and AgBioResearch. How cool is that?” Doug said.
He’s looking forward to working with staff and merging his corporate experiences within the university framework.
Doug said, “The people I’ve met during the interview process are great. So I feel like I’m starting out with a fine team in place. I will really enjoy learning more about the differences and similarities between the corporate world and business side of the academic world. I know I will be able to bring a fresh creative perspective to our objectives here, and I’m ready to dig in and start climbing the new-job learning curve. I’m energized and ready to go.”
With the departure of former ANR Communications director Ruth Borger in November 2011, Kris Hynes, senior associate to the dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, generously took on the role of interim ANR Communications director. We appreciate Kris’ guidance and leadership during this past year.
As you may know, ANR Communications is now part of MSU Extension. I’ll be working closely with Doug in his role as we both work closely with CANR Dean Fred Poston and MSU AgBioResearch Director Steve Pueppke to get the word out to our stakeholders and the public about the difference our work makes in the lives of Michigan residents and communities.
Thank you, Kris, and welcome, Doug!