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Program Faculty

Purdue courses are taught by faculty of the Agricultural Economics Department of the College of Agriculture. Instructors have substantial research and publication records, and many have experience as consultants to corporations and government agencies.

Allan Gray

Director and Professor

Allan Gray serves as director of the Center for Food and Agricultural Business and the MS-MBA in Food and Agribusiness Management. Allan’s research interests are agribusiness management, strategic planning, decision making in uncertain environments and simulation.  Full Bio

 

Mike BoehljeMike Boehlje

Distinguished Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics

Mike Boehlje is a distinguished professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and the Center for Food and Agricultural Business at Purdue University. Mike has devoted his career to helping farm and agribusiness managers and policymakers understand the pragmatic economic and financial consequences of their decisions. FULL BIO

 

Marshall Martin

Professor, Deptartment of Agricultural Economics

Marshall Martin is the associate director of agricultural research programs and a professor of agricultural economics at Purdue University. Marshall is a specialist in agricultural policy, international trade and technology assessment (especially biotechnology and pesticide use). FULL BIO

 

Phil Abbott

Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics

Philip Abbott is a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University. He teaches courses on mathematical programming, international trade, trade policy and agricultural development, macroeconomics and mathematical economics. His current research focuses on international trade and international agricultural development, and four of his students have won national awards for the quality of their dissertations. FULL BIO

Mike Gunderson

Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics

Mike Gunderson joined Purdue University as an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics in August 2012. In addition to his responsibilities teaching in Purdue’s undergraduate and graduate classrooms on campus, Mike is also heavily involved in designing, developing and delivering non-credit, professional development programs through the department’s Center for Food and Agricultural Business. FULL BIO

  The diverse agricultural background of each student in the MS-MBA in Food and Agribusiness program greatly adds to the learning experience. Since my life focuses around grapes and wine, it was interesting to learn about other segments of the industry through the real-life experiences that other students shared. This brought on a significantly different level of learning—it’s one thing to  ... READ MORE  

Nancie Oxley

Head Winemaker - St. Julian Wine Company, Inc.
MS-MBA Class of 2008-2010

  The diverse agricultural background of each student in the MS-MBA in Food and Agribusiness program greatly adds to the learning experience. Since my life focuses around grapes and wine, it was interesting to learn about other segments of the industry through the real-life experiences that other students shared. This brought on a significantly different level of learning—it’s one thing to listen to a professor’s lecture or to read a chapter from a textbook, but learning from other students’ industry experience truly intensifies the lessons at hand, making them more meaningful.

This program changed my life on both a professional and a personal level. My class cohort became quite close over the two years that we spent in the program. Because all of the students in the program are employed in the food and agricultural sector, everyone is busy with work. Students are taking courses while managing things like harvest, holiday rushes, planting season, and tax season. During harvest, I relied on my teammates to get me through the program and the efforts were returned when my schedule slowed down.

The support that you receive from your fellow classmates in nothing like you will ever experience. When you join the MS-MBA program, your classmates become like another family. They are there to support you no matter what, and they understand what you are going through—even when your actual family doesn’t. It’s a bond that happens because each person is experiencing the same stress and pressure—your “school family” will support you through it all!

If you are ready for a life changing experience, this is it! The MS-MBA in Food and Agribusiness is hard work, but it will pay off!  

Nancie Oxley

Head Winemaker - St. Julian Wine Company, Inc.
MS-MBA Class of 2008-2010