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MSU announces finalists, public forums for executive director of Extension position

September 24, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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Professionals from Colorado, New Mexico, Idaho and Montana are finalists for the position of Montana State University executive director of Extension.

The finalists are, in order of their visit to campus: Jeff Goodwin, state 4-H director at Colorado State University; Jeff Bader, Northern District department head at New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service; Barbara Petty, professor at the University of Idaho and Eastern District director for the University of Idaho Extension; and Jill Martz, interim director of Extension at MSU. Each finalist will visit campus and participate in open public forums scheduled from Sept. 30 to Oct. 10.

John Sherwood, professor and head of the Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology and chair of the 16-member committee searching for MSU’s executive director of Extension, said each of the finalists impressed the committee during the extensive application process.

“The person selected to be the next executive director of Extension will play a very important role in advancing MSU’s land-grant mission, and we’re very pleased that the national search has attracted a talented and experienced pool of candidates,” Sherwood said.

A summary of the candidates’ backgrounds, and date and time of each of their public forums, follows in the order of the candidate’s visit to the Bozeman campus.

Jeff Goodwin will be on campus Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Goodwin received his doctorate in agricultural education from Texas A&M University, as well as a master’s degree in plant science and a bachelor’s degree in animal science, both from West Texas State University. Goodwin has worked in Extension since 1983 as an agriculture county agent in Texas, a 4-H youth development specialist at the University of Idaho, and as the state 4-H director at Colorado State University. Goodwin will give a presentation at a public forum set for Monday, Sept. 30, at 9:45 a.m. in 138 Animal Bioscience Building.

Jeff Bader will be on campus Oct. 3-4. Bader received a doctorate in higher education administration, with an emphasis in educational leadership, at New Mexico State University. His master’s and bachelor’s degrees are in animal science, both from NMSU. Bader has worked for Extension in New Mexico since 1987 as an Extension 4-H agent, county Extension program director/agriculture agent, county Extension program director, and Northern District department head at NMSU Cooperative Extension Service. Bader will give a presentation at a public forum set for Thursday, Oct. 3, at 9:45 a.m. in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Building’s Byker Auditorium.

Barbara Petty will be on campus Oct. 7-8. Petty earned a doctorate in education with an emphasis in adult education and organizational learning from the University of Idaho, as well as a master’s degree in human development and the family from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a bachelor’s degree in vocational home economics education from Southwest Missouri State University. Petty has worked in Extension since 1995 after teaching at the high school level for 20 years. Her Extension appointments included program coordinator at the University of Nebraska and Extension Educator in the University of Idaho Extension system. She is currently a professor at the UI and Eastern District director for UI Extension. Petty will give a presentation at a public forum set for Monday, Oct. 7, at 9:45 a.m. in 138 Animal Bioscience Building.

Jill Martz will be on campus Oct. 10-11. Martz earned a doctorate in human ecology with a concentration in child and family studies from the University of Tennessee, a master of vocational-technical education with a concentration in human sciences from Middle Tennessee State University and a bachelor’s degree in education/ vocational home economics from Bowling Green State University. After teaching and working in the private sector for 16 years, she has worked in Extension since 1988.  Martz served as an Extension assistant and Extension specialist at the University of Tennessee before moving to MSU as a curriculum and outreach specialist in 4-H. She served as director of the 4-H Center for Youth Development for five years before being named interim director of Extension at MSU. Martz will give a presentation at a public forum set for Thursday, Oct. 10, at 9:45 a.m. in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Building’s Byker Auditorium.

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. 

Contact: John Sherwood, (406) 994-5153 or sherwood@montana.edu