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Terry Janssen Named Regional Extension Director

By Staff | Jul 2, 2009

The former director of the O’Brien County Extension Office in Primghar has been named to head up Region Two of the Iowa Sate University Extension Service. Terry Janssen has been selected as a regional extension education director for Iowa State University Extension, according to Jack Payne, vice president for ISU Extension and Outreach.

“We are happy to announce Terry Janssen has accepted the regional extension education director position for Region 2 and will begin his duties on Aug. 1,” said Payne. “We are excited by the enthusiasm he brings to this position as we begin to direct programming to Iowans in new ways.”

Janssen will be replacing five county extension education directors, including Bob Behnkendorf, the shared county extension education director for Palo Alto and Kossuth Counties. Janssen comes to the regional position having served most recently as the ISU Extension education director in O’Brien County. He received his bachelor’s degree in agriculture education and Master of Agriculture degree from Iowa State University.

As the regional director for Region Two, which includes Emmet, Palo Alto, Kossuth, Winnebago and Hancock counties, Janssen will work with county staff and councils, and ISU Extension staff to reach beyond county borders and plan programming in the region around common priority issues. The regional director position was created by the ISU Extension restructuring plan as a way to facilitate an issue-based approach to delivering ISU Extension programming and resources. Janssen will work directly with the county extension council members to meet their legal obligations as an elected body. He will work with councils and extension program specialists to identify new ways to work across county borders and provide educational programming that addresses issues of most significance, and evaluate the results of multi-county and regional efforts.

Janssen was hired following an interview process by representatives of the Extension Councils of all five counties in the region, as well as Iowa State University Extension officials.