As you know, a series of open forum-style meetings known as “What’s Now? What’s Next?” took place across the state. The meetings provided the people of Michigan a chance to talk to the leadership of the Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Dean Fred Poston, associate dean and director of academic affairs Kelly Millenbah, director of AgBioResearch Doug Buhler and Extension director Tom Coon hosted 14 meetings, spoke with nearly 500 people and traveled more than 1,400 miles, answering questions on various issues brought up by those in attendance. They listened carefully to their thoughts and concerns. It was a chance to answer questions and clear up some misconceptions about changes implemented as a result of budget cuts. Those questions and misconceptions were answered and explained on the spot. People have been asking me if the input gathered at those meetings will be used in the process of gathering stakeholder input. Yes, it already is being used as the thoughts, ideas and suggestions from the attending audiences have been part of an ongoing gathering of stakeholder input and will also be a valued part of any additional stakeholder input work done moving forward. I have begun to review the input from those sessions.
A wrap-up article was created and sent to all participants that provided an email address. We’ve posted the article to this link: http://www.canr.msu.edu/news/canr_leadership_wraps_up_state_tour