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October 27, 2006

Owen named head of POD

Mitch Owen

Dr. Mitch Owen has been named director of Personal and Organizational Development effective Nov. 1. Owen replaces Dr. Richard Liles, who retired earlier this year.

Owen joined the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service in 1984 as assistant agricultural Extension agent for farm management and marketing. He also has held the positions of area specialized associate agent, Extension specialist and since 2000, he has served as innovation and organization development leader for POD.

Owen earned a bachelor's degree in horticulture and a master's degree in farm mechanization and business from Clemson University. He completed his doctorate of education at North Carolina State University in adult education, while focusing his research on technology and Jungian psychology.

In POD, his responsibilities include providing training and organizational development opportunities to Extension workers in North Carolina. His teaching and research interests include organizational development, technology, collaboration, cultural orientations and organizational change.

His work at NC State University has enabled him to work with a wide variety of groups, including universities, government agencies, volunteer groups, as well as business and industry both in the United States and internationally.

Owen has presented and published on a host of topics related to leadership development, organizational development, information technology, diversity, financial management, collaboration and adult education. He is professionally certified to administer and interpret a multitude of instruments for professional development, leadership training and team building.

"Dr. Owen brings a wealth of experience to this new position, and I know he will do great things for the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service," said Dr. Jon Ort, director of North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service in announcing the appointment. "Please join me in congratulating Mitch on his promotion as the new director of Personal and Organizational Development."

Posted by Natalie at October 27, 2006 08:22 AM