Gary Cooper

Gary Cooper
Academic Advisor
130 Coffey Hall

1420 Eckles Ave
St. Paul, MN 55108
United States

Contact me for help with:

Academic advising related to Agricultural Education

B.A., Art History, Economics, Certificate in Classical Studies, University of Wisconsin
M.A., Business-Arts Administration, University of Wisconsin
M.B.A., University of Minnesota


I grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and obtained my bachelors and masters degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I also received my M.B.A. from the Carlson School of Management in 2005. I like to read, listen to N.P.R., and watch sports. I started working at the University of Minnesota in 1999 in the Department of Applied Economics. 

My interest in academic advising began my junior year at the University of Wisconsin- Madison when I worked as a summer orientation associate advisor for College of Letters and Science freshmen. That fall, when I ran into several of these students on campus, I assumed they were being polite and was frankly surprised they remembered me or what we discussed at orientation. As I reflect on these encounters, they were "defining moments" that acted as the catalyst for my career path as an academic advisor and teacher.

During my advising sessions, my goal is to make the University a more user-friendly, manageable place and ultimately put each student as ease. I do this through my knowledge of institutional policies, procedures, and programs, and close contacts with the student affairs staff. Integrity of the advising process is important to me.

Why the University of Minnesota?
I enjoy the students and faculty who comprise CFANS, the Saint Paul campus, and the depth and breadth of curricular and co-curricular activities. I am grateful to have obtained one of my degrees from the U.