Donald C. Mead was born in Houston, Texas in 1935. He recieved his B.A. from Haverford College, and M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University. Dr. Mead worked at Church World Service, Yale University, Makerere University College, Harvard Institute for International Development, Michigan State University, and several other colleges during his career.
Professor Emeritus Mead joined MSU as a Professor of Agricultural Economics in 1979 and worked until retirement in 1998, with primary emphasis on international economic development. Key areas of research were in linkages between large and small enterprises, patterns of growth of small and medium-sized businesses, project and policy needs of small enterprises, institutional structures for the promotion of small enterprises, patterns of employment growth among enterprises of different types and sizes, and alternative mechanisms for linking small enterprises to the rest of the economy.