Dr. Quentin R. Tyler holds three degrees from the University of Kentucky. He received a Bachelor’s of Science in Agricultural Economics, a Master’s of Science in Agricultural Economics, and holds a Doctorate in Sociology, with an emphasis on Social Inequalities. He has spent over thirteen years in the area of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion serving previously in the role of Assistant Dean and Director for Diversity at the UK College of Agriculture, he has received a Professional Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, and currently serves as the Associate Dean and Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) at Michigan State University.
As Associate Dean and Director for Diversity, Dr. Tyler provides leadership for infusing diversity, equity and inclusion principles through all areas of the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources (CANR) at Michigan State University. Dr. Tyler focus is to create a more multi-culturally centered environment for faculty, staff and students within CANR, AgBioResearch, and the MSU Extension; and network with partners across MSU, including the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives.
Further, Dr. Tyler is dedicated developing a dashboard of mechanisms to track metrics related to diversity, equity and inclusion for diversity in leadership through faculty, committees, and committee chairs. Moreover, Dr. Tyler collaborates with MSU’s admissions office by identifying opportunities and specific strategies to attract undergraduate students from urban settings to the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources.
Additionally, Dr. Tyler was the 2015-2016 National Professional President of MANRRS leading the national society to new heights in terms of sponsorship and membership. He has been recognized for his work with students and in diversity and inclusion as he has been awarded the National MANRRS Advisor of the Year, recognized as a Tri State Diversity Champion, and as a Game Changer by Workforce Magazine for being a game changer in the area of workforce management and was featured in the August 2015 issue of Workforce Magazine.
Dr. Tyler’s journey has engaged him in numerous leadership programs such as Leadership Lexington, Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program, and the Food Systems Leadership Institute (FSLI), an executive leadership development program for academia, industry, and government.