John Shutske, University of Wisconsin-Extension agricultural engineering specialist at UW-Madison, is the recipient of the 2016 Award for Excellence from the University of Wisconsin Colleges and University of Wisconsin-Extension.
UW Colleges and UW-Extension Chancellor Cathy Sandeen presented the award at the institutions’ Chancellor’s Awards Event and Reception, Sept. 22, in Madison. The annual Chancellor’s Awards recognize UW Colleges and UW-Extension partners, supporters and employees for their outstanding contributions to the quality of life in Wisconsin.
In giving the award, Sandeen praised Shutske for his contributions to the UW Colleges/UW-Extension mission and strategic priorities, sustained excellence in providing support, the development of innovative programs, successful programming and exceptional efforts to build public support for UW-Extension. In serving as the UW-Madison, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Associate Dean for Extension and Outreach AND UW-Extension, Cooperative Extension, Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Program Director, Shutske worked with campus-based specialists, county educators and program area leadership to proactively engage with clientele, stakeholders, industry groups and partner organizations in support of Wisconsin’s $88.3 billion agriculture and horticulture industries.
Sandeen added, “UW Colleges and UW-Extension employees and partners work statewide to provide innovative education and services to students, business owners, farmers and citizens in every industry across Wisconsin. The Chancellor’s Awards recognize those individuals who’ve gone above and beyond in extending our mission to the corners of the state.”
One nominator noted, “I’m especially impressed with John’s commitment to the mission and values of UW-Extension, Cooperative Extension; his ability to look to the future, his commitment to gathering information and obtaining input for decision making, his creativity for seeking out options to solve problems, and his transparency and inclusiveness in decision making. John is not afraid to take on difficult tasks and he seeks out options for the best possible solution to problems and/or challenges. John empowers those he works with to do their best and then provides resources and support so the best can be achieved.”
Shutske recently returned to an Extension position in the UW-Madison Biological Systems Engineering Department after serving as UW-Madison, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Associate Dean for Extension and Outreach AND UW-Extension, Cooperative Extension, Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Program Director for seven years. He also served one year as the Interim Provost for UW-Extension.
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