Michael D. Wilcox, Jr. is a senior associate at the Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD) and assistant program leader for economic and community development with Purdue Extension, joining the staff in 2012. Michael’s PCRD responsibilities include leading and supporting Center projects related to regional development. His Extension responsibilities include staff development and program planning, development, evaluation and reporting.
Michael's Extension and research work integrates the economic, environmental and social dimensions of sustainability into entrepreneurship, workforce development, bioenergy, population dynamics and land use. He has been involved in tropical tree crops marketing in western Africa and conservation agriculture in southern Africa.
Michael, an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Kentucky and past president of the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals, holds a B.S. in biological sciences from Cornell, a M.S. in fisheries and allied aquacultures from Auburn and a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Purdue. He served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon.