Meet Paul Gagnon - Career Consultant for CAHNR/RHSA
I earned an AS in turf management and BS in plant and soil science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst; an MBA at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY; and an MA in public policy from Trinity College in Hartford.
My career is actually four careers rolled into one. The first ten years were devoted to learning everything I could about the golf industry, and that experience included holding positions of assistant greens keeper and assistant golf pro. Then, after earning my MBA, for the next 14 years I worked in strategic planning, financial research and analysis, new business development, mergers and acquisitions and product marketing for three Fortune 500 international food, beverage and agri-genetics organizations.
Since that time and over the past 17 years I diversified into roles in higher education where I’ve designed curricula for and taught numerous college courses in entrepreneurship, business and management, advised executives of small businesses, counseled students on career management, launched Wesleyan University’s Social Entrepreneurship Center - which helps students and alumni create organizations that address a public need in areas such as healthcare, education and sustainable agriculture - and even served as the interim associate dean at Central Connecticut State University’s School of Business. Additionally, I developed a patent, and established and operated for nearly a decade a business development consulting firm where I helped initiate new revenue-generating services as well as supported the new business development work of a wide variety of private sector firms, NGOs, and government agencies.
*Please note, students from the College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources may also meet with other Career Consultants at the Center for Career Development based on availability.