COLUMBIA — Shelley Bush-Rowe was announced as the northeast regional director for MU Extension on Wednesday.
The appointment is part of an ongoing realignment announced Sept. 11 that created six geographical regions and an urban region.
Bush-Rowe said she is excited about the opportunity and believes MU Extension remains a relevant and reliable source of information for Missouri residents.
Bush-Rowe has been a field faculty member with MU Extension since 1993. She said the reorganization caused some vacancies, which the agency looked to fill internally. She saw an opportunity and applied.
A main focus for Bush-Rowe will be developing ways to cross MU Extension's primary program areas — such as Agriculture and Natural Resources, 4-H Youth Development, Business and Workforce Development, Continuing Education, Human Environmental Sciences and Community Development — to address social issues such as global food systems.
The northeast region comprises 20 counties. Bush-Rowe acknowledged the challenge of serving a large geographical area but said she is confident that she and her staff will do so efficiently.
Bush-Rowe also acknowledged the pressing need to develop sustainable revenue to maintain the extension program's resources. "We have to look for ways to sustain the programming," she said.
Using science-based knowledge, MU Extension helps people understand change, solve problems and make informed decisions, according to its website.
University officials decided a realignment of the extension system would be beneficial after recognizing changes in the economic development needs of Missouri, population demographics, societal changes and funding constraints, according to a news release.
Bush-Rowe, along with four other regional directors, Jay Chism (Southwest), Mark Stewart (East Central), Wayne Prewitt (West Central) and Cynthia Zluticky (Urban), will join two existing regional directors, Karma Metzgar (Northwest) and Janet Kline (Southeast).
Bush-Rowe starts as the northeast regional director Jan. 28.
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