New leadership in OIP

New leadership in OIP

Oct 15
Leslie Sweet Myrick, Office of International Programs Media Communications Specialist

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Alex Winter-Nelson, professor in agricultural and consumer sciences, about his sabbatical leave at the University of Pretoria in South Africa and his work to reduce poverty in developing countries. Our discussion topics included livestock systems’ effects in Zambia, the Zambian sugar market, the Zimbabwean fertilizer market, farming technologies in Ethiopia, and the case studies related to agricultural pricing distortions he has provided for the World Bank.

Fast forward several months, when I learned he had been appointed as the new director of our office, I remembered these previous conversations and thought: Yes, that seems appropriate!

Dr. Winter-Nelson joined the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences in 1992 where he will continue teaching courses on international economic development and food policy in addition to his new 50% appointment in the Office of International Programs. He previously served as the Director for UI’s Center for African Studies. 

Through my job, I enjoy many conversations similar to that one with Dr. Winter-Nelson about the amazing things ACES faculty and staff are doing all over the world. With each interview, I am more impressed with the scope of ACES global impact. I’ve interviewed several people who have benefited firsthand from our office’s initiatives like the ACES Academy for Global Engagement and the semi-annual Seed Grant funding programs. 

Under Dr. Winter-Nelson’s leadership, OIP plans to further encourage this participation and maximize its impact as we focus on providing even more support and resources to ACES faculty and staff and also facilitating collaboration across departments as they engage in international activities.

So, stay tuned for even more great international stories coming out of ACES.  


Alex Winter-Nelson in northern Zambia
Alex Winter-Nelson with villagers in northern Zambia, where he has studied the effects of livestock systems.