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Members
Jim Woodell, Ph.D.
Vice President for Economic Development and Community Engagement
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Beverly Steele
Staff Assistant, Office of Economic Development and Community Engagement
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CEO Committees

Members of CEO’s committees provide leadership for the Council and also work to realize CEO’s mission through projects & initiatives. Learn more about CEO committees:

  • Executive Committee

    Officers

    Rena Cotsones
    Associate Vice President for Engagement and Innovation Partnerships, Northern Illinois University
    CEO CHAIR
    Term Ends 2018

    Catherine (Cathy) W. Howard
    Vice Provost, Division of Community Engagement, Virginia Commonwealth University
    CEO CHAIR-ELECT
    CHAIR, MEETING PLANNING COMMITTEE

    Chad E. Wootton    
    Associate Vice President, External Affairs, Texas A&M University
    CEO SECRETARY
    CEO Liaison to Commission on International Initiatives (CII)
    CEO Liaison to Committee on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity (CICEP)

    Vacant
    PAST CEO CHAIR
    Term Ends 2017

    Andrew (Andy) Furco
    Associate Vice President, Public Engagement, University of Minnesota
    REPRESENTATIVE TO APLU BOARD
    Term Ends 2018

    Class of 2017

    Jorge Horacio Atiles
    Associate Dean, Extension and Engagement, College of Human Sciences, Oklahoma State University
    CHAIR, NOMINATING COMMITTEE
    Term Ends 2017

    William (Nick) Collins
    Executive Director, Center for Educational Outreach, University of Michigan
    Term Ends 2017

    Stephen Myers
    Associate Provost, Office of Academic Affairs, The Ohio State University
    Term Ends 2017

    Chippewa Thomas
    Director, Faculty Engagement, Auburn University
    Term Ends 2017

    David J. Weerts
    Associate Professor of Higher Education; and Faculty Director, Jandris Center for Innovative Higher Education (jCENTER), University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
    CEO LIAISON to Commission on Urban Initiatives (CUI)
    Term Ends 2017

    Class of 2018

    Rena Cotsones
    Associate Vice President for Engagement and Innovation Partnerships, Northern Illinois University
    CEO CHAIR
    Term Ends 2018

    Andrew (Andy) Furco
    Associate Vice President, Public Engagement, University of Minnesota
    REPRESENTATIVE TO APLU BOARD
    Term Ends 2018

    Catherine (Cathy) W. Howard
    Vice Provost, Division of Community Engagement, Virginia Commonwealth University
    CEO CHAIR-ELECT
    CHAIR, MEETING PLANNING COMMITTEE
    Term Ends 2018

    Cristina Morán-Mirabal
    REINU State Coordinator, University of Guadalajara, CUCBA campus
    Term Ends 2018

    Lynnette Overby
    Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning, University of Delaware
    Term Ends 2018

    Class of 2019

    Burton A. Bargerstock
    Director, National Collaborative for the Study of University Engagement; Director, Communication and Information Technology, University Outreach and Engagement, Michigan State University
    CHAIR, COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE
    Term Ends 2019

    Lynn Blanchard
    Director, Carolina Center for Public Service, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Term Ends 2019

    Andrew G. Cochrane
    Dean, College of Continuing Education, Dalhousie University
    Term Ends 2019

    Erin Flynn
    Associate Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, Portland State University
    Term Ends 2019

    Paul Gutierrez
    Professor, Extension, Economic and Community Development, New Mexico State University
    Term Ends 2019

    Sharon Paynter
    Interim Director, Office of Public Service and Community Relations, East Carolina University
    Term Ends 2019

    Jude Valdez
    Vice President, Community Services, The University of Texas at San Antonio
    Term Ends 2019

    Amy Conrad Warner
    Vice Chancellor, Community Engagement, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
    Term Ends 2019

    Chad E. Wootton    
    Associate Vice President, External Affairs, Texas A&M University
    CEO SECRETARY
    CEO Liaison to Commission on International Initiatives (CII)
    CEO Liaison to Committee on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity (CICEP)
    Term Ends 2019

    Liaisons from Other Councils, Commissions

    Vacant
    CEO LIAISON from Council on Student Affairs (CSA)

    Glynda A. Becker
    Director, Federal Relations, Washington State University
    CEO LIAISON from Council on Governmental Affairs (CGA)

    Mark Cothran
    Associate Director, Government Affairs, Clemson University
    CEO LIAISON from Council on Governmental Affairs (CGA)

  • Nominating Committee

    The Nominating Committee identifies prospective members of the CEO Executive Committee and proposes a slate of nominees each year.

    Jorge Horacio Atiles
    Associate Dean, Extension and Engagement, College of Human Sciences, Oklahoma State University
    CHAIR, NOMINATING COMMITTEE

    Rena Cotsones
    Associate Vice President for Engagement and Innovation Partnerships, Northern Illinois University
    CEO CHAIR

    Andrew (Andy) Furco
    Associate Vice President, Public Engagement, University of Minnesota
    REPRESENTATIVE TO APLU BOARD

    Sharon Paynter
    Interim Director, Office of Public Service and Community Relations, East Carolina University

    Chad E. Wootton    
    Associate Vice President, External Affairs, Texas A&M University
    CEO SECRETARY
    CEO Liaison to Commission on International Initiatives (CII)
    CEO Liaison to Committee on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity (CICEP)

  • Meeting Planning Committee

    The Meeting Planning Committee is responsible for developing the programs for the CEO Summer Meeting and CEO Annual Meeting.

    Catherine (Cathy) W. Howard
    Vice Provost, Division of Community Engagement, Virginia Commonwealth University
    CEO CHAIR-ELECT
    CHAIR, MEETING PLANNING COMMITTEE

    Paul Gutierrez
    Professor, Extension, Economic and Community Development, New Mexico State University

    Stephen Myers
    Associate Provost, Office of Academic Affairs, The Ohio State University

    Lynnette Overby
    Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning, University of Delaware

    Chippewa Thomas
    Director, Faculty Engagement, Auburn University

    David J. Weerts
    Associate Professor of Higher Education; and Faculty Director, Jandris Center for Innovative Higher Education (jCENTER), University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
    CEO LIAISON to Commission on Urban Initiatives (CUI)

    Chad E. Wootton    
    Associate Vice President, External Affairs, Texas A&M University
    CEO SECRETARY
    CEO Liaison to Commission on International Initiatives (CII)
    CEO Liaison to Committee on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity (CICEP)

  • Communications Committee

    The Communications Committee helps to maintain the CEO website and also plans and implements other strategies for communication among CEO members and to the broader university outreach and engagement community.

    Burton A. Bargerstock
    Director, National Collaborative for the Study of University Engagement; Director, Communication and Information Technology, University Outreach and Engagement, Michigan State University
    CHAIR, COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE

Featured Project & Initiative

Economic Development & Engagement
The infographic, Scanning the Engagement Landscape: University Engagement by the Numbers, demonstrates that engagement, outreach, and community partnerships are central to the work of our APLU member universities.

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.