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Jim Woodell, Ph.D.
Vice President for Economic Development and Community Engagement
Mark Rivera
Coordinator, Office of Economic Development and Community Engagement
Beverly Steele
Staff Assistant, Office of Economic Development and Community Engagement

Engagement & Outreach

CEO Mission Statement

APLU's Council on Engagement and Outreach leads efforts to strengthen university public service, outreach, and engagement that result in beneficial impact on community and university goals. (Approved June 2014)

The Council on Engagement and Outreach is composed of university administrators responsible for outreach, engagement, community development, extension, and other functions at their universities. The council provides formal and informal forums for members to discuss and take action on issues relevant to the array of institutional efforts in public service, outreach, and community engagement. CEO supports members in developing plans, programs, and policies related to:

  • outreach
  • engagement
  • extended education
  • community relations
  • engaged scholarship
  • service learning
  • extension
  • and a variety of other activities that create university impact in communities.

The council works closely with the Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity on issues related to regional and economic development. 

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Featured Project & Initiative

Photo Courtesy of Texas A&M University
Economic Development & Engagement
APLU believes public and land-grant universities should dramatically expand engagement efforts with partners in the communities they serve—members of the public, community organizations, business and industry, state and local government, and others.

Featured Project & Initiative

Economic Development & Engagement
Since 2006, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC), with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, have partnered to recognize the outstanding community-university engagement scholarship work of four-year public universities. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Awards and the C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award recognize colleges and universities that have redesigned their learning, discovery, and engagement missions to become even more involved with their communities.