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Montana 4-H director to serve as interim director of Montana State University Extension

August 23, 2012 -- MSU News Service

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The director of Montana 4-H will serve as the interim director of Montana State University Extension while a national search is conducted to fill the post, the university announced today.

Jill Martz will take the post formerly held by Doug Steele, who is headed to Texas A&M University to serve as director of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, the Texas equivalent of MSU Extension.

Montana 4-H is part of MSU Extension, and Martz has served as its director since 2008, overseeing what is the largest, out-of-school, youth development program in Montana, reaching approximately 20,000 youth in all of the state's 56 counties each year.

"As 4-H director, Jill has traveled to every corner of Montana and is familiar with our many Extension offices and personnel across the state," said MSU President Waded Cruzado in appointing Martz. "Jill has also been part of MSU Extension's leadership team and is well versed in the organization's mission, its challenges and its opportunities. She is the best person to lead MSU Extension through a seamless transition as we conduct a national search."

Martz holds a bachelor's in education from Bowling Green State University, a master's in education from Middle Tennessee State University and a doctorate in human ecology from the University of Tennessee.

She worked as a teacher for 10 years before joining the University of Tennessee Extension in 1988 to work in its 4-H program and worked in either 4-H or Extension education programs in Tennessee until coming to Montana in 2006 as a 4-H curriculum specialist. She was appointed MSU Extension 4-H director in 2008.

MSU Extension is a statewide educational outreach network that applies unbiased, research-based university resources to practical needs identified by the people of Montana in their home communities. It has offices serving all 56 Montana counties and five Indian reservations in the state.

Contact: Tracy Ellig, MSU Communications, (406) 994-5607,