Michael D. Wilcox, Jr. is a Community and Regional Economics Specialist in the Department of Agricultural Economics. Michael also serves as the Assistant Program Leader for Community Development with Purdue Extension, joining the Extension staff in 2012. His Extension responsibilities include staff development and program planning, development, evaluation and reporting. He is also a Senior Associate at the Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD), leading and supporting Center projects related to regional development.
Michael’s Extension and research work integrates the economic, environmental and social dimensions of sustainability into addressing community and regional economic issues, with a focus on entrepreneurship, placemaking, and community capacity building. Michael has been involved in research and Extension projects centered on the marketing of tropical tree crops in western Africa and Latin America and conservation agriculture in southern Africa.
Michael, an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Kentucky and past president of the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals, holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Cornell, a M.S. in Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures from Auburn and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Purdue. He served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon.
Purdue Extension Community Development - http://www.cdext.purdue.edu
Purdue Center for Regional Development - http://www.pcrd.purdue.edu
Purdue Department of Agricultural Economics - https://ag.purdue.edu/agecon/Pages/default.aspx
Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky - https://cedik.ca.uky.edu/