Dr. Richard M. Foster

(KNFP-08; Former WKKF Staff)
Professor, W.K. Kellogg Chair in Food, Society and Sustainability
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan
United States

Focus Areas

Community & Civic Engagement
Economic Security
Community Development
Economic Development
Higher Education
Food Systems
Food Systems
Leadership Development


Dr. Rick Foster is a tenured professor who joined the faculty of Michigan State University, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in January, 2010 after 15 years as Vice President for Programs at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan. He also holds at MSU an Endowed Chair in Food, Society and Sustainability. Dr. Foster provides leadership and direction for three inter-related initiatives: 1) Metro food initiative in Detroit called FoodPLUS|Detroit; 2) Detroit Coalition Co-Leader for the Global Innoversity Project; and 3) Co-Leader of the evolving bi-national, economic development initiative linking resources in Canada, Ohio and Michigan to promote 21st Century sustainable economic development.