The Challenge 2050 Project at the University of Florida

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Allen Wysocki, Ph.D.

wysocki Allen Wysocki is an Associate Dean and Professor in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Florida. As of September 3, 2012 he assumed the position of Associate Dean in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Florida.

He was born and raised on an 11,000-acre family potato farm in Central Wisconsin. He received his undergraduate degree from Purdue University in 1984, and his Master’s (1997) and Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1998. Dr. Wysocki gained industry experience as a co-owner and manager of Cousin’s Produce Farm, a food distribution company serving Northeast Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula from 1984 until 1992.

Dr. Wysocki has devoted his career to helping students and university clientele understand the trends driving change in the food system. The fundamental focus of his work has been to integrate concepts of firm and industry-level strategic planning, vertical coordination, economics, marketing, and management, to solve problems and to show clientele how to adopt successful approaches and practices that will allow them to flourish in this dynamic food system. Dr Wysocki is the author or co-author of one book, two book chapters, and over 135 articles and other publications. He was named as the CALS Undergraduate Teacher of the Year for 2001-2002.

Leading a team of five faculty as part of a USAID grant in Haiti was a life changing experience for Dr. Wysocki. This grant was active during the earthquake that rocked Haiti on January 12, 2010. This particular international experience fueled a desire to work internationally.

Current responsibilities include; overseeing the college’s distance (including UF Online and PACE) and statewide education efforts, assisting faculty and students with study abroad opportunities, facilitating international agreements between IFAS faculty and international institutions, and directing the CALS Honors Scholars Certificate program.