Michigan State University and IFTA Education Director
Greg was born in Dayton, Ohio, and was raised near Atlanta, Georgia, but he often spent summers visiting relatives on their farms back in Ohio. He loved gardening with his father and studied horticulture at University of Georgia, then specialized in pomology for his Masters and fruit tree physiology for his Doctoral degrees at the University of California-Davis. Greg began his faculty career at Louisiana State University researching blueberries and peaches, moved to Washington’s Yakima Valley to lead the sweet cherry research program at WSU-Prosser, and since 2000 has been a professor at Michigan State University focused primarily on stone fruit research. He also teaches “Exploring Wines and Vines”, the largest course in the MSU Horticulture department, and is married to another professor of horticulture, Suzanne, who is now a University Associate Provost. A pioneer in developing fruiting wall training techniques, Greg travels the world extensively to speak on tree fruit physiology and production systems and, dedicated instructor that he is, to visit wineries and vineyards to take notes for his class! A mountaineer and rock-climber in his younger days, his hobbies include hiking whenever he can, photography, cooking, and spending time with what Suzanne calls his mid-life crisis sports car – his now 20-year-old John Deere tractor, slowly improving their 50 acres south of campus.