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MU Extension Insider
May 8, 2015
(special edition)


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Announcement from MU Provost Garnett S. Stokes


Dr. Michael D. Ouart will step down from his position as Vice Provost and Director of Extension on May 18, 2015. Dr. Ouart will continue at MU in the position of Outreach and Engagement Coordinator for MU working with the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) and the Provost Office.

As Outreach and Engagement Coordinator, Ouart will work with the Provost in assessing the structure and processes to enhance MU’s advancement of University Community Engagement. Similarly, he will work in CAFNR in International Agricultural Outreach and Engagement efforts of the college.

Michael Ouart has served as the University of Missouri Vice Provost and Director of Extension since 2006. Since that time, he has articulated MU Extension’s significant role in economic development statewide; advanced Extension’s interdisciplinary and continuing education programs; and guided faculty development. During his time as Director, the extension partnership between MU and University of Western Cape, South Africa was invigorated.

Ouart has a 40-year career in higher education, research, and extension at several universities across the nation. In that time, he has authored or co-authored more than 120 scientific and popular publications.

Ouart has served on national, regional, and state committees and task forces as an ambassador for the mission of land-grant universities. Those contributions include the extension committee on Organization and Policy of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and the Board of Directors of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium and North Central Cooperative Extension Association.

I am pleased to announce that Tom Henderson, long-time MU Extension employee in numerous positions that span more than 40 years, has been named Interim Vice Provost for Extension and Director of Cooperative Extension, effective May 19, 2015.

Henderson retired as Vice Provost for Extension in 2002. Since that time, he has served in various roles for MU and Extension, including Interim Vice Provost and Director of Cooperative Extension, Assistant to the Provost for Economic Development and Assistant to the Provost for E-Learning.

I want to thank Michael for his service and Tom for his willingness to take on such an important leadership role during this transition.  We will form a search committee in the near future in preparation for a national search for a new leader of Extension.

Garnett S. Stokes
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of Missouri
114 Jesse Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: (573) 882-6596
Fax: (573) 882-0080

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