Dr. Miley Gonzalez is Professor Emeritus in Agricultural and Extension Education from New Mexico State University. He retired in 2010 after a 42 year career in both the private and public sectors in education and agriculture. He currently holds the position of Dean of the Graduate School at an international university, the Center for Tropical Agriculture Research and Higher Education, CATIE, in Costa Rica.
Dr. Gonzalez served as Secretary of Agriculture for the State of New Mexico from 2003 until 2010. The department of agriculture is part of New Mexico State University.
He has served on the faculty and administration at the University of Arizona, the Pennsylvania State University, and Iowa State University. His public service includes serving as the Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics at USDA in the Clinton Administration. He was nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 1997.
Dr. Gonzalez has served as a member of the National Telephone Bank Board, the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, member of the Commodity Credit Corporation, the White House Commission for Excellence in Hispanic and Native American Education, and on the U.S./China Commission on Science and Technology. He has served for over 15 years on the USDA/HACU Leadership Team representing New Mexico State University and USDA.
He returned to New Mexico State University to serve as Associate Dean and Director for the Agricultural Experiment Station and subsequently as the Vice Provost for Research and the federal liaison to Congress for the University.
Dr. Gonzalez holds bachelors and master’s degrees from the University of Arizona and a Doctorate from The Pennsylvania State University. Among his many honors over his professional career, Hispanic Business Magazine, recognized him as one the top 100 most influential Hispanics in the U. S.
Dr. Gonzalez is President and CEO of Development Systems International, Inc., a company he founded in 1984. His areas of expertise include education and training, rural and economic development, strategic planning; extension and non-formal education, policy development and analysis; and special emphasis in leadership, policy, and public service. Of special note, he has conducted training programs in Costa Rica, Ukraine, India, Egypt, China, Mexico and 16 countries in Latin America
He has provided training in grantsmanship for nearly 30 years through both graduate and faculty development programs. In recent years, he has worked with HACU/HSI institutions in Arizona, Illinois, Puerto Rico, Washington, California, Texas, Florida, and New Mexico. This includes grant writing, grants management, and budgeting. He has written and managed grants worth well over $30 million dollars.