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Before Dr. Gail Riegle started taking classes at Michigan State University as a graduate student, he spent time growing up on a dairy farm in Iowa. And the main lesson learned? “Responsibility. Accountability. There are people and animals that were depending on you and you got it done. You focused on the job and what it took to get it done.”
While living in DeSoto, Iowa, Riegle made the decision to leave the farm in search of a degree. “In rural Iowa at that time, almost no high school graduate went into higher education. I was probably the first one from DeSoto High School who went to higher education in a long period of time.”
Riegle’s current position as associate dean for Academic Programs in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, means he has students best interest at heart. Any advice? “The understanding that you are the primary ingredient in what happens to you career-wise. Select something that you enjoy, that gives you satisfaction. Commit to it and it’ll take care of itself.”
Over a long and illustrious career, Riegle has spent time in Vet Med, CANR, Human Medicine and now Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University. As for his ehmpression of MSU? “I’m comfortable here. I know a substantial number of those people who are in positions of responsibility and so forth. I’ve worked with them. I’ve known Lou Anna from the time she was a graduate assistant.”
Ehmpressions of MSU is a podcast devoted to all things Michigan State University produced by Kraig Ehm.