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October 26, 2007

Ort, Esbenshade elected to national board

Two administrators in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have been elected to the Policy Board of Directors for the Board on Agriculture Assembly (BAA), a unit of the Commission on Food, Environment, and Renewable Resources (CFERR) of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC).

Dr. Jon Ort, N.C. State University assistant vice chancellor for extension, engagement and economic development, director of North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service and associate dean of the College, was re-elected Cooperative Extension Director for the policy board.

Dr. Ken Esbenshade, associate dean and director of academic programs for the College, was elected Academic Programs Director for the board.

The election of Ort and Esbenshade gives the College representation in two of only nine positions on this national board.

The Cooperative Extension Section represents the directors and administrators of member Extension organizations within NASULGC member institutions. As part of CFERR, this section partners with federal agencies, other public and private institutions and county governments around the nation to bring research-based educational programs to U.S. citizens.

The mission of the Academic Programs Section is to assure that the development of human capital in agriculture, food, natural resources and related areas is a preeminent concern of the land-grant and state university system and its federal partners.

NASULGC’s Commission on Food, Environment, and Renewable Resources focuses on cross-cutting issues related to agriculture, forestry, human sciences, natural resources, ecological sciences, oceans and atmosphere, and veterinary medicine in the functional areas of research, extension, and academic programs. The commission seeks to formulate and implement an integrated federal-relations program and formulate Congressional budget recommendations in these high-priority areas of national concern, and to forge partnerships with government agencies whose mission areas are congruent with the commission’s activities.

Posted by Natalie at October 26, 2007 08:43 AM