Goodbye to Nancy Axtell

It is hard to believe that this will be the last week for Nancy Axtell, human resources director for Michigan State University Extension. She is moving to Los Angeles, California, to take on a new position at The Getty as the director of human resources. This is an incredible career opportunity for her, and moving to California will also let her see more of her children, who live in California and Arizona.

Nancy has been with Extension for six years. While many of you may know her from interviews, New Staff Onboarding or Fall Extension Conference, she has also played an instrumental role in helping centralize human resources for MSU Extension. She’s very proud of the work that was done so that we can relieve some of the work, burden and financial responsibilities of our counties in human resources and financial tasks.

She said that when she sits in on interviews, candidates ask her, “What do you like best about working here?”

When asked that, she replies, “The work that we do. I think it’s an amazing thing what the staff in Extension are committed to doing, and how dedicated they are to using their knowledge and education and research to really serve the citizens of the state of Michigan. In the six years I’ve been here, I’ve had so many chances where I’ve been able to hear about or observe something that our staff does, and I’m always just astonished. I always walk away from those going – ‘we just do the coolest work’ – and I’m very proud to be able to be a behind-the-scenes person who supports an organization that does that.”

While we’re sad to see her go, we’re thankful for all of her dedication. She’s played a significant role in the employment of almost everyone else in the organization. Good luck in your future endeavors, Nancy!

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