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MSU to begin search for new executive director of Extension

May 14, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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Montana State University is set to begin its search for a new executive director of Extension.

A 16-member committee has been formed to conduct the national search. John Sherwood, professor and head of the Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology, is the search committee’s chair.

"The executive director of Extension will play a very important role in advancing MSU’s land-grant mission, and we anticipate a strong pool of candidates,” Sherwood said. “We look forward to conducting this search.”

Members of the search committee are listed below by name, title and location:

Tara Andrews, Extension agent, Custer County, Miles City;

Shannon Arnold, associate professor of agricultural education, Bozeman;

Diana Bailey, executive secretary and CFO, Montana Farm Bureau, Bozeman;

Sandy Bailey, Extension specialist, Family and Human Development, Bozeman;

Verna Billedeaux, Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program agent, Blackfeet Indian reservation, Browning;

Darrin Boss, director, Northern Agricultural Research Center, Havre;

Larry Brence, Extension Eastern Region department head, Miles City;

Nico Cantalupo, Extension agent, Meagher County, White Sulphur Springs;

Kevin Chamberlain, Community Development County Extension agent, Superior;

Dan Clark, director, Local Government Center, Bozeman;

Bill Jones, President’s Advisory Council/rancher, Two Dot Land & Livestock Co., Harlowton;

Clain Jones, Extension soils specialist, Bozeman;

Peter Kolb, Extension forestry specialist, Missoula;

Kim Obbink, director, Extended University, Bozeman;

Cody Stone, interim director, 4-H Center for Youth Development, Bozeman.

The search committee anticipates finalists will visit campus in September, with the new executive director taking office in January of 2014.

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.

MSU’s previous executive director of Extension was Douglas Steele, who left MSU in 2012 to return to his native Texas and become director of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service. Since Steele’s departure, Jill Martz, director of Montana 4-H, has served as interim director of Extension.

Contact: John Sherwood, (406) 994-5153 or