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November 22, 2010 -- Jane Schuchardt, Ph.D. has been selected as the next national executive director of the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP), the governing committee for the nation’s Cooperative Extension System.
In this new position, she will be charged with ensuring visibility, creating new program and resource opportunities, and demonstrating accountability for Cooperative Extension. She will be located in the offices of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.
Schuchardt has long personal and professional ties with Cooperative Extension as well as experience in Washington, DC, including 22 years as a national program leader at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Most recently, Schuchardt was recognized at the A۰P۰L۰U Annual Meeting for her leadership as co-chair of the Managing in Tough Times National Extension Initiative. This effort resulted in a directory of educational programs and materials to assist Cooperative Extension educators in dealing with the economic crisis. Additionally, when the national web-based learning tool eXtension.org was launched, she was a pioneer establishing the Community of Practice: Financial Security for All.
Prior to joining the USDA, Schuchardt was an assistant professor at Iowa State University and coordinator of the Extension North Central Region Educational Materials Project; a consumer specialist at Oklahoma State University; and a consumer affairs reporter at the Daily Oklahoman and Oklahoma City Times, Lincoln Evening Journal, and Omaha World-Herald.
Schuchardt earned a bachelor’s degree in consumer journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a master’s degree in consumer studies from Oklahoma State University, and a doctorate in family economics from Iowa State University.
The Cooperative Extension System is a nationwide, non-credit educational network. Each U.S. state and territory has a state office at its land-grant university and a network of local or regional offices. These offices are staffed by one or more experts who provide useful, practical, and research-based information to agricultural producers, small business owners, youth, consumers, and others in rural areas and communities of all sizes.
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