Deans Rick Klemme and Kate VandenBosch have launched the search committee to identify a new associate dean for extension and outreach. John Shutske currently holds this joint CALS/Cooperative Extension position. He announced that he will return to his faculty position in the biological systems engineering department on July 1, in order to focus on research and Extension programming that aims to deploy new on-farm technologies to improve safety and profitability.
The search committee will be co-chaired by Doug Reinemann (department chair, Biological Systems Engineering) and Karl Martin (program director, Community Natural Resources and Economic Development), and will include Erin Silva (Plant Pathology), Randy Shaver (Dairy Science) Heidi Johnson (Dane County UW-Extension Agent), Jessie Potterton (director, FISC), Dale Gallenberg (dean, College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science at UW-River Falls) and Jeff Lyon (deputy secretary, DATCP).
Candidates interested in this full-time administrative position should apply by May 16, 2016. Read the complete position vacancy listing.
John Shutske has served in this role since July 2008, helping to direct and coordinate the efforts of county-based Cooperative Extension agents in all 72 counties and university-based Cooperative Extension specialists on the UW-Madison, UW-Platteville and UW-River Falls campuses. Over the past eight years, Shutske hired a number of new faculty and staff and helped orient them to their extension roles. He also established a consultative group of faculty and staff from the three UW campuses he oversees to help set joint priorities and create a shared vision for sustained excellence.
CALS Dean Kate VandenBosch noted, “John has worked collaboratively with university leaders, local communities, Wisconsin commodity groups, industry stakeholders and elected officials at all levels to address issues critical to Wisconsin’s agricultural economy and natural resource base. I have appreciated the opportunity to work with him. His leadership will be missed.”
UW-Extension Cooperative Extension Dean and Director Richard Klemme stated, “John has been a great innovator in his role as Associate Dean and Program Director, providing strong leadership for our co-investment of extension and research/teaching resources in CALS faculty and staff. “I have especially appreciated his role in working to infuse technology into the work of Extension.”