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Named NC State VC For Extension, Engagement, Economic
James Zuiches, professor in the Department of Community
and Rural Sociology and project leader for the National
Coalition for Rural Entrepreneurship at Washington State
University, has been named vice chancellor for extension,
engagement and economic development at North Carolina
State University. Chancellor James L. Oblinger made
the announcement today following approval by the NC
State Board of Trustees Academic Affairs and Personnel
Committee. The appointment is effective March 15.
In his new role, Zuiches (pronounced Zy-ches) will help
lead and coordinate far-reaching extension, engagement
and economic development programs at the university.
activities of the Cooperative Extension Service, Industrial
Extension Service, Small Business and Technology Development
Center, non-credit operations of the McKimmon Center
for Extension and Continuing Education, the Economic
Development Partnership, and the H.
Hugh Shelton Initiative for Leadership Development.
“NC State has been an innovator in demonstrating
the valuable and practical contributions American higher
education can provide society,” Oblinger said.
“University extension, engagement and economic
development reach across all of our colleges and are
diversified in campuswide and statewide partnerships.
Jim Zuiches will provide the experience, leadership
and vision needed to continue developing the breadth
and depth of our partnerships and programs.”
Oblinger said “economic development” was
added recently to the title to demonstrate and reinforce
the “obvious importance of economic development,
which is central to NC State’s land-grant mission.”
“NC State is well known for its outstanding extension,
engagement and economic development efforts,”
Zuiches said. “I’m looking forward to the
work of building and strengthening relationships, and
identifying partners. Working with the chancellor and
the deans, we will continue to play a central role in
the vitality and long-term economic and social well-being
of North Carolina.”
At Washington State, Zuiches served as dean of the College
of Agriculture and Home Economics for eight years, director
of Cooperative Extension and the Agricultural Research
Center for four years and a professor in the Department
of Community and Rural Sociology.
He has served on the Washington State Board of Natural
Resources, was chair of the National Association of
State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC)
Board on Agriculture Federal Budget Committee, and a
member of the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources,
the National Research Council of the National Academy
of Sciences. He is an American Association for the Advancement
of Science (AAAS) Fellow.
As a W. K. Kellogg Foundation program officer in 1994-95,
Zuiches funded many community and rural development
projects. The Kellogg Foundation and other foundations
are funding his current project to create the National
Coalition for Rural Entrepreneurship and increase support
for job creation and growth in rural areas.
Prior to his appointment at Washington State, Zuiches
served at Cornell, Michigan State and the National Science
Foundation. His research specializations include demography,
rural sociology and research administration. He has
more than 70 publications, including professional journals,
book chapters, bulletins and editorials.
He received his Ph.D. and M.S. in sociology from the
University of Wisconsin, Madison, and his B.A. in philosophy
and sociology from the University of Portland in Portland,
Recognized as one of the nation’s leading universities
in science and technology, NC State is ranked ninth
among national research-extensive universities in industry-funded
research, third in total state and local research funding
among public national research universities, second
in total research expenditures in the University of
North Carolina System, and 31st nationally
among public universities in total expenditures for
research and development. More than 50
companies have spun out of NC State, creating more than