University of Missouri Extension announced the appointment of five regional directors as part of its ongoing realignment on Jan. 16. The new regional directors join two existing regional directors as MU Extension adopts a structure that includes six geographic regions and an urban region focused on the St. Louis and Kansas City metro areas.
Appointments are as follows: southwest regional director, Jay Chism; northeast regional director, Shelley Bush-Rowe; east central regional director, Mark Stewart; west central regional director, Wayne Prewitt; and urban regional director, Cynthia Zluticky.
"I have great confidence in our regional leadership, as we focus on high-priority local programs and becoming nimble to meet increasing demands for educational programs and service," said vice provost and director of Cooperative Extension Michael Ouart. "Our regional directors understand we must adjust to uncertain public funding and meet the challenge of generating additional revenue."
The newly appointed regional directors join Karma Metzgar, northwest regional director, and Janet Kline, southeast regional director, as part of a regional realignment announced on Sept. 11, 2012. The realignment process recognizes changes in the economic development needs of Missouri, population demographics, societal changes and funding constraints, according to Ouart. Regions have been reorganized taking into consideration the number of faculty and staff to be supervised, geographic distances for travel, and factors specific to each region.
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