Dr. Quentin Tyler is the director of Michigan State University (MSU) Extension. He is charged with helping the organization’s administrative leadership team set priorities and help direct the work of more than 600 colleagues throughout the state that serve the needs of Michigan’s communities. Dr. Tyler joined the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources team as associate dean and director of diversity, equity, and inclusion in 2018 after his time as assistant dean at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture where he led civil rights’ reviews in all of Kentucky’s 120 counties.
Dr. Tyler was recognized in Workforce Magazine for his role in increasing the diversity of Kentucky’s Cooperative Extension Service and served on Kentucky’s Urban Extension Task Force. Shortly after joining MSU, he was awarded the Excellence in Diversity ‘Individual-Emerging’ award. He is also the advisory board chair for the national collegiate organization Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences. Dr. Tyler earned bachelor and master’s degrees in agricultural economics and a doctorate in sociology from the University of Kentucky. He holds a diversity and inclusion professional certificates from Cornell and the University of South Florida.