On October 31, 2015, I will retire from the University of Illinois and on November 9, 2015, begin a new career with Monsanto Company, St. Louis, Missouri as Sustainable Agricultural Systems Lead. So, my actual retirement will be short-lived. In this new Regulatory Policy & Scientific Affairs position, I will have responsibilities for advancing important sustainability initiatives and advanced agricultural technology platforms. This position will require close collaboration across multiple teams including Monsanto’s Regulatory, Government, Technology Development, and Corporate Engagement functions.
It has been an honor to devote my academic career at the University of Illinois to the residents of Illinois, the students on this campus, extension clientele, colleagues, and the agricultural stakeholders across the globe. I will retain professor emeritus standing and look forward to continuing relationships on this campus and other universities that have been built over the decades. I will forever look back fondly on the many extension roads traveled with my colleagues in an effort to serve clientele and stakeholders across this great state. I offer my thanks to the University of Illinois for providing me this wonderful opportunity.
Mike Gray, Professor and Extension Entomologist