Fellows Cohort 1

Anita Azarenko

Department Head, Horticulture, College of Agricultural Sciences (Served as Associate Dean of the Graduate School; Served as Associate Vice President for Capital Planning and Facilities Services) Oregon State University; Currently serving as Interim Vice Provost for the Division of University Outreach and Engagement and Director of the OSU Extension Service

Craig Beyrouty

Professor and Head, Department of Agronomy, College of Agriculture, Purdue University (Served as Dean of Colorado State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences) (Currently serving as Dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Maryland)

William Boggess

Head of Agricultural and Resource Economics Department (Currently serving as Executive Associate Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences) Oregon State University

Dan Clay

Director, Institute of International Agriculture, (Currently serving as Director of Global Programs in Sustainable Agri-food Systems Department of Community Sustainability) College of Agriculture and Natural Resources,  Michigan State University

George Cooper

Deputy Administrator, Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service- Science and Education Resources Development, Department of Agriculture. (President Emeritus of South Carolina State University, served as Executive Director for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities) (Deceased)

Joseph DiPietro

Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida (Currently serving as President of the University of Tennessee) (Emeritus)


Kenneth Esbenshade

Associate Dean and Director of Academic Programs, College of Agriculture Life Science, (Served as Director of the FSLI Program and Alumni Distinguished Professor of Animal Science), North Carolina State University (Emeritus)

John Floros

Department Head and Professor of Food Science, College of Agricultural Sciences, Penn State University (Served as Dean of the College of Agriculture and Director of K-State Research and Extension) (Currently serving President of New Mexico State University)

Rory Fraser

Director, Center for Forest Ecosystems Assessment, School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, (Currently serving as Professor, Forest Economics and Policy, College of Agricultural, Life, and Natural Sciences) Alabama A&M

Douglas O. Lantagne

Interim Director, UVM Extension, University of Vermont (Currently serving as Dean of Extension) (Emeritus)

Gary Lemme

Dean, College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, South Dakota State University (Currently serving as Director of Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University)

Linda C. Martin

Assistant Dean for Academic Programs, College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, Oklahoma State University (Served as Associate Dean and Director of Academic Affairs at The Ohio State University; Currently serving as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success at The University of Tennessee System)

Rob Miller

Director, Healthcare Professional Products, Ross Products Division, Abbott Laboratories, Scientific Advisor; Self Employed (Currently serving as Divisional Vice President for Research and Development, Abbott Nutrition) (Emeritus)

Melissa Mixon

Associate Vice President, Division of Agriculture, Forestry, & Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University (Currently Vice President Emeritus, Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine) (Emeritus)

Michael Ouart

Associate Vice Provost for Extension and Associate Director for University Extension, Iowa State University (Served as Vice Provost for the University of Missouri Extension and Director of Cooperative Extension; Serving as Outreach and Engagement Coordinator, University of Missouri)

Robin Shepard

Assistant Dean and State Program Leader for Extension, University of Wisconsin, Currently serving as Executive Director for the North Central Cooperative Extension Association (NCCEA)


Keith Smith

Associate Vice President for Agriculture Administration, Director of University Extension, and Associate Dean, College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, The Ohio State University (Appointed to the George R. and Genevieve B. Gist Endowed Chair) (Emeritus)

Linda Snetselaar

Chair, Preventative Nutrition Education, and Professor, Department of Epidemiology College of Public Health, (Serving as Associate Provost of Outreach and Engagement; Currently serving as Preventive Nutrition Education Professorship) University of Iowa

Susan Sumner

Department Head, Food Science and Technology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Virginia Tech University (Currently serving as Associate Dean of Academic Programs and Director of Academic Programs)


Larry W. Turner

Director of Cooperative Extension and Associate Dean for Extension, College of Agriculture, University of Kentucky (Deceased)