Michael Gunderson graduated from ACE in 2001 with a concentration in Agribusiness, Farm, and Financial Management. After 18 years in academia, including seven years as a professor at Purdue University, he transitioned to working in agriculture finance. He is now Chief Credit Officer at Farm Credit Illinois. He credits the faculty and staff in ACE for illuminating the possibilities for him as a first-generation college student and for helping him understand the pros and cons of attending graduate school, which changed the trajectory of his career.
Outside of work, Michael stays busy with his wife and four kids. On top of their own activities and attending as many Illini sporting and cultural events as possible, Michael is also on the ACES Alumni Association Board.
Michael shared some advice for students and alumni, "Use the time on campus to build your network as much as possible and don't hesitate to leverage that network to your benefit after graduation. As an ACES Alumni Association Board member, I also encourage friends to be engaged in the Association and events."