Gail Nonnecke has served on the Iowa State faculty for 30 years and currently holds the title of University Professor in horticulture, as well as Morrill Professor in global resource systems and associate director for education programs with the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods. She created the Center’s service learning, school garden, and study abroad programs, and in 2009 she launched ISU’s interdisciplinary academic major in global resource systems. She also coordinates the ISU EARTH program. In recognition of her teaching ability, Nonnecke has received the USDA’s National Teaching Award and was named Iowa Professor of the Year. “I am especially pleased,” she says, “to be part of training future global leaders for Iowa, our nation, and the world.”
Nonnecke’s global leadership vision has resonated with her former students. “What would Dr. Nonnecke do?” has become a rallying cry for one nominator following in her footsteps: “She leads her program with such care, compassion, and wisdom. It is through Dr. Nonnecke that I find support to engage in a life that helps improve the lives of others in the world.”
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