Wednesday, June 30, 2010

MSU Extension Welcomes Matt Shane as District Coordinator

     Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) is pleased to announce that Matt Shane has been appointed as the district coordinator for District 12 which covers Livingston, Jackson, Washtenaw, Monroe, Lenawee, and Hillsdale counties. Shane brings nearly 13 years of experience to this position and will officially begin his district coordinator position on July 1, 2010
     “District coordinators are critical to MSUE’s ability to move Michigan forward. Working with local governments, nonprofits, school systems and neighborhood groups, MSUE is focused on providing the knowledge resources necessary to indentify community challenges and propose and implement successful solutions,” commented Michelle Rodgers, associate director of MSUE. “These leaders will represent Extension in communities across the state and serve the role of linking Michigan State University’s vast research and teaching resources to Michigan communities.” 
     Creating the 13 districts was part of Extension’s redesign to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization. Five regional director positions and 82 county Extension director positions were eliminated in the redesign and replaced with the redefined district coordinator role. Some staff members are being reassigned as education specialists, increasing Extension’s capacity to get relevant and essential information critical to improving our communities and assisting individuals out to Michigan residents. 
     “I am excited to begin my new role with MSUE as the District 12 coordinator,” said Shane. “As with any significant organizational change, I’m sure that we will face some unforeseen challenges. However, having worked in the District 12 counties as a livestock educator, I know that each of the six counties offer a unique set of resources and opportunities that will help MSUE transition into a stronger and more responsive organization.” 
     Shane has been with MSUE serving as a multi-county livestock Extension educator. He has also served as the County Extension Director in Lenawee County since 2003. Shane holds both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in animal science from Michigan State University.