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Adesoji O. Adelaja, PhD

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Title: John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor in Land Policy
Company: Michigan State University
Location: West Palm Beach, Florida, United States

Adesoji O. Adelaja, PhD, John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor in Land Policy at Michigan State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in land use education.

With nearly 40 years of experience to his credit, Dr. Adelaja has excelled as the John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor in Land Policy at Michigan State University since 2004. Prior to this posting, he served at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey as executive dean of agriculture and natural resources, director of experimentation, dean of research, dean of Cook College, and professor for 20 years.

Before embarking on his professional path, Dr. Adelaja pursued an education at Pennsylvania State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in agricultural mechanization in 1978. He continued his studies at West Virginia University, graduating with a master’s degrees in agricultural economics in 1980 and economics in 1981, and a PhD in economics in 1985.

In addition to his primary vocation, Dr. Adelaja remains affiliated with various organizations in relation to his areas of expertise. He was a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, Gamma Sigma Delta, and the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. He held the role of chairman at the Presidential Initiative for the Northeast in Nigeria from 2013 to 2016, and sat on the board of the Africa Advisory Council at the United Way Worldwide, the Beneva Foundation, and many other public boards. He authored “Drivers of Economic Performance in Michigan, Natural Features, Green Infrastructure and Social, Cultural Amenities” for the Land Policy Institute in 2012, and contributed to articles for multiple professional journals and over 1,000 publications.

In light of his impressive undertakings, Dr. Adelaja has accrued several accolades throughout his career. He received statewide tribute for outstanding contributions to economic development and energy policy by Michigan’s Governor Jennifer Granholm and Lieutenant Governor John Cherry in 2010. He won more than seven awards from a diverse range of committees and organizations including Michigan State University, the Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, the office of the Governor of the State of New Jersey, and Pennsylvania State University. He was recognized as Person of the Year by the National Prepared Food Association, was recognized as a distinguished alumnus by West Virginia University, and as a global fellow by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

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