University of Vermont Extension Names Associate Directors

first_imgUniversity of Vermont Extension Names Associate DirectorsUniversity of Vermont Extension recently announced that Gary Deziel has become the new associate director for statewide Staff Support and Operations and Rick LeVitre has become the new associate director for statewide Faculty Support and Evaluation. Deziel will concentrate on expanding the viability and impact of local University of Vermont offices, aligning Extension staff and programs to enhance efficiency of operations that will support programs focusing on emerging and critical issues facing Vermont. He will also be facilitating organizational and individual staff development. UVM Extension has local offices in 11 of 14 counties in Vermont, with the state office located at UVM. With a strong background in communications, research, and operations, Deziel has been chair of the Northwest Region, based in St. Albans, since 2001. He earned an MBA degree from the University of Vermont in 2005. He is looking forward to working with the approximately 60 staff members located across the state in local offices.LeVitre’s duties will include supporting 18 field faculty located in local UVM Extension offices across the state with programs that focus on helping individuals and groups cultivate healthy communities. This work includes supporting local government officials, agricultural enterprises, and supporting other local programs aimed at helping individuals. His work to link University of Vermont Extension faculty with other University faculty and staff on campus will expand UVM’s impact in serving local community needs, and facilitate program partnerships with other departments, agencies, and organizations. LeVitre will also work to establish and maintain linkages with local legislators on the important educational issues that can be impacted with UVM outreach programs.Presently chair of the Southern Region, LeVitre has served Extension for more than 25 years, working as a 4-H youth specialist, a farm manager, a regional faculty member, a sustainable agricultural specialist, and a legislative liaison and regional chair, working with faculty and program staff in the areas of natural resources, nutrition, agriculture, and youth programming.Both associate directors will work out of the new location for the University of Vermont State Extension Office in Colchester, just off I89, Exit 16. For more information, call (802) 656-2990. -30-last_img