4 finalists for Purdue Extension director to visit campus

February 7, 2013  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Four finalists for the position of associate dean of the Purdue University College of Agriculture and director of Purdue Extension will give seminars and meet with university staff and the public during the month of February.

The new associate dean and Purdue Extension director will succeed Chuck Hibberd, who accepted a similar position at the University of Nebraska in October.

 "Our Extension director has a big job in overseeing the idea of helping bring science-based information to the people of the state, measuring the impact of our programs and efforts, and building a diverse, inclusive and high-impact organization," said Jay Akridge, Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture. "We're asking a lot, but we have narrowed the search down to four strong candidates."

The sessions, all of which will be held in Deans Auditorium of Pfendler Hall on Purdue's West Lafayette campus, are open to the public.

The candidates, in their order of appearance, and the date of their presentations (all 9-10 a.m. EST), are:

* James Mintert, interim associate dean of Purdue's College of Agriculture and director of Purdue Extension; Feb. 12.

* Jason Henderson, vice president and Omaha Branch executive, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City; Feb. 19.

* M. Ray McKinnie, administrator and associate dean for Extension, School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, N.C.; Feb. 21. 

* Ben West, Western Region director and professor, The University of Tennessee Extension. Feb. 27. 

Writer: Keith Robinson, 765-494-2722, robins89@purdue.edu

Source: Jay Akridge, 765-494-8391, akridge@purdue.edu

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