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New College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Dean Announced

Ronald L. Hendrick will be recommended as dean of the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. If approved by the MSU Board of Trustees, Dean Hendrick’s appointment will be effective July 1, 2016. We are excited to welcome him back, as he is an MSU alumnus who earned both his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from MSU in forestry and forest ecology.

Photo of Dean Ron Hendrick.

Dean Ron Hendrick from Ohio State University  begins July 1, 2016 with approval of the Board of Trustees. Photo courtesy of Michigan State University.

Dean Hendrick currently serves as interim dean for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Science at Ohio State University(OSU). He has extensive experience, as he has served OSU since 2013 in a variety of roles, including as senior associate dean and director of the School of Environment and Natural Resources. Before that, he was associate dean for academic affairs in the D.B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia (UGA). He was also graduate program coordinator for UGA’s School of Forestry.

His research program has focused on forest ecosystem productivity and element cycling, especially below ground, and various aspects of ecosystem restoration and reclamation. His teaching experience includes leading a number of study abroad programs in the South Pacific, including New Zealand, Australia, Fiji and Antarctica.

At OSU, Hendrick led the creation of a comprehensive master plan for college facilities that totaled $350 million and encompassed more than 300 physical structures, two campuses and nearly a dozen outlying research and outreach stations. Additionally, he led successful fundraising efforts to raise $14 million in capital funds to improve facilities, and an $80 million multi-stakeholder effort to re-envision the college’s animal populations is underway.

Dean Hendrick will be a tremendous addition to Michigan State University and the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources. His appreciation for the values of a land grant university and significant experience as a scientist, program builder and leader will make us all better. From my conversations with him to date I know that he is a strong proponent and supporter of Extension who will work closely with us to adapt and grow programs throughout Michigan.

We look forward to welcoming him into our college and showing him the important work his fellow Spartans are doing throughout the state.

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Results unveiled for organizational culture assessment

Last week, I attended the North Central Cooperative Extension Association (NCCEA) Conference in Fargo, North Dakota. A highlight of the conference was the unveiling of the results of the 2014 Extension North Central Regional Organizational Culture Assessment led by the Ohio State University. Michigan State University Extension participated in completing survey forms last July, and I am proud to report that we had a 47 percent response rate to the questionnaire. If you recall from this Monday’s webinar, Dr. Keith Smith, director of Ohio State Extension, will come and give a report on Michigan’s individualized assessment at Fall Extension Conference. I am really looking forward to sharing that with all of you.

Denison Consulting is the group that worked with the Ohio State University to do the survey. They define organizational culture as “… a collection of shared beliefs, values, meanings, and behaviors that a group has adopted over time; as a way to survive and succeed.” Or simply put: “the way things are done around here”.

I believe that with this report and our listening posts now being conducted, we will identify clear focus areas we can work on for making improvements in our organization. That work will require the efforts of all of us to make MSU Extension the best organization it can be.

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