Jonathan Wakeman

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I began working at MSU in July 2013 after some professional meandering, beginning my career as a government auditor, shifting to a period of teaching, and then returning to accounting and contracting at MSU. I graduated from MSU with an Accounting degree and then worked for eleven years as an auditor with the Defense Contract Audit Agency in the Boston and Washington, DC areas, where I provided audit support to agencies such as DoD, NASA, DOE, DOT, and USAID. After attaining an MA from the University of Massachusetts Boston and teaching credentials from George Mason University, I shifted to teaching English/Language Arts, which began at the American International School in Zagreb, Croatia with grades 5-8 for two years and then continued in Lansing Public Schools at the high school level for fourteen years. In 2013, I was hired as a Research Administrator at MSU in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, working primarily with USAID sponsored awards.

In December 2017, I was drawn to IQ with its intent to blend multi-disciplinary research and feel fortunate to work with faculty and staff that successfully demonstrate IQ’s premise and promise. I also feel fortunate to work under leadership that emphasizes a work/life balance so that I can enjoy travel with my wife of thirty years and share in the never-ending development of my children, both of whom are MSU graduates. I enjoy running, reading, jigsaw puzzles, and language.