Ohio State University Extension brings the knowledge of the university directly to you. We fulfill the land-grant mission of The Ohio State University by interpreting knowledge and research developed by Extension and other faculty and staff at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Ohio State main campus, and other land-grant universities – so Ohioans can use the scientifically based information to better their lives, businesses and communities.
The Extension system is the world’s largest non-formal educational system. Extension’s hallmark is programming delivered by professionals to address the needs of the local community while also addressing state, national, and global issues. Our practical educational programs combine the needs of local citizens and communities with new research and technical information.
No matter which county you visit, you can find people who are helped by the four major OSU Extension program areas: family and consumer sciences, 4-H youth development, community development, and agriculture and natural resources. These program areas – and many other special topics – are continuously being evaluated and updated to meet the changing needs and issues facing each community.
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Greg Davis Named Interim Director of OSU Extension – July 1 to December 31, 2015
Greg Davis has been tapped to serve as interim director of Ohio State University Extension. His most recent position with OSU Extension has been an appointment as assistant director overseeing community development.
Davis began his interim director role on July 1, following former Director Keith Smith’s retirement after serving 23 years as the Extension leader. Davis serves on the steering committee for Conversations on the Future of Extension, an effort that began in spring 2014 with discussions to identify the most challenging trends and issues Ohioans will face by 2035. It is now in the “So what?” phase, he said, determining how Extension should address those issues. As interim director, Davis will look at how Extension approaches its work given the anticipated changes.
“It’s exciting to take the organization down the initial steps, to flesh out where we go next for Extension,” he said. “When the next director is chosen, some things will already be identified.”
As assistant director, Davis leads field-based Extension specialists and educators who are working to improve civic, environmental and economic conditions throughout Ohio. He earned his PhD in Extension education from Ohio State, his MPA from Bowling Green State University and his BA from the University of Findlay.
Brian Raison, county Extension director and educator for community development in Miami County, will serve as interim assistant director for community development on a part-time basis until Davis returns to the post.
Roger Rennekamp Named as next OSU Extension Director – effective January 2016
Roger Rennekamp, associate dean for Outreach and Engagement at Oregon State University, has been named the next director of Ohio State University Extension. Rennekamp will begin his duties on January 4, 2016, as the 12th leader of OSU Extension, overseeing nearly 700 employees and a $71 million budget.
“Roger brings a great deal of experience at all levels of the Cooperative Extension System, and is known for building collaborative relationships and partnerships,” said Bruce A. McPheron, Ohio State’s vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. “Roger’s enthusiasm and energy will help create the Extension organization of the future.”
“I am honored to renew my relationship with one of the nation’s premier land grant universities,” said Rennekamp about his return to Ohio State. “The need for Extension is as great as any time in its 100-year history. Extension of the next century must remain true to key principles of community engagement and responsiveness while embracing approaches and technologies that will increase its reach and impact.”
Before taking on his current role in Oregon State’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Rennekamp led Oregon’s 4-H youth development program. He served as an Extension specialist in program and staff development and as a program specialist for 4-H at the University of Kentucky. He earned his B.S from the University of Kentucky, his M.S. from Morehead State University, and his Ph.D. from Ohio State.