About Michael

Michael Spanbauer, Ph.D.

Personal Interests and Hobbies:

Michael's interests include:

      • Exploring the world with his wife and son.
      • Outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, kayaking, and marathons.
      • Woodworking and crafting furniture.

Excerpt from "Small-Town Joy," by Mariah Stevens:

Taking a job at NSPARC and living in the small town of Starkville was an easy choice for Michael Spanbauer and his family.

After completing his bachelor’s degree in economics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Michael furthered his education at Tulane University, where he earned a doctorate in economics. Ready to start a career, Michael, along with his wife, started searching for the perfect place to raise their family.

“My wife and I really wanted to go to a small town,” Michael says. “We just finished a chicken coop, and we have 12 chickens, six ducks, and we’re planning on getting some sheep and maybe a goat in the future. We are starting to get a farm set up. We really like it here.”

Outside of work, Michael loves to spend his time camping, hiking, running marathons, and other outdoor activities.

“I like the fact that last weekend I was able to chop down a tree and was able to build a garden box out of it in our front yard,” Michael says. “Last week we had French toast made with homemade bread, milk from a cow right down the road, and eggs from our backyard. You can't have that quality of life in a big city.”

The Spanbauers are glad they chose Starkville, even though Michael had to sacrifice his snowboarding hobby.

“I love snowboarding,” Michael says. “That’s my passion, but I had to give it up down here. It's the one sacrifice I’m making moving to Mississippi. Growing up I was a certified snowboard instructor, and I would give snowboarding lessons at the local ski hill.”

Along with his love for the outdoors, Michael also appreciates the business environment at NSPARC.

“When I interviewed with Mimmo, he said family life is very important, everyone here has a family, and how he wanted me to have that work-life balance,” Michael says. “That kind of attitude, [a] family-oriented business mentality, was so attractive to me, and it really made me smile, so it’s one of my favorite things about working here.”