I. Miley Gonzalez, a veteran administrator, educator and scholar with experience in international higher education, agriculture and state and federal government, will serve as Montana State University’s interim associate provost for International Programs, the university announced today.
MSU Provost Robert Mokwa said Gonzalez will head MSU’s Office of International Programs while the university conducts a national search for a replacement for David Di Maria, who has been named the inaugural associate vice provost for international education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Gonzalez is president and CEO of Development Systems International, an agriculture and education consulting company based in Arizona. He is a previous college administrator who has held posts at New Mexico State University, the University of Arizona, Pennsylvania State University and Iowa State University. He recently served as deputy director general at the Tropical Agriculture Research and Higher Education Center in Costa Rica, which is an international land-grant university.
During his tenure at NMSU, Gonzalez served as deputy director for extension and associate dean for academic programs. Gonzalez was nominated by former U.S. President Bill Clinton to serve as the Undersecretary for Research, Education, and Economics at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, serving from 1997-2001, providing for four USDA agencies: the Agricultural Research Service, the Economic Research Service, the National Agricultural Statistics Service and the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
Gonzalez has served as a member of the National Telephone Bank Board, the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, the Commodity Credit Corporation, the White House Commission for Excellence in Hispanic and Native American Education, and on the U.S./China Commission on Science and Technology. He served for over 15 years on the USDA Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities leadership team representing NMSU. He also served as NMSU’s vice provost for research and as the federal liaison to Congress, as well as associate dean and director for the Agricultural Experiment Station.
Gonzalez has raised livestock and crops in the southeastern part of Arizona, worked on a cattle ranch in Venezuela, managed farms in northern Mexico, and worked with farmers in Pennsylvania and Iowa. He spent three years as a high school vocational agriculture teacher in Avondale, Arizona, and on a Native American reservation at Parker, Arizona.
Gonzalez holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Arizona and a doctorate from Pennsylvania State University. Among his many professional honors, Hispanic Business Magazine recognized him as one the top 100 most influential Hispanics in the U.S.
Mokwa said that a national search for Di Maria’s replacement will be launched within the next few months.
Robert Mokwa (406) 994-4371, firstname.lastname@example.org