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Jon Boren appointed as associate dean and director of Cooperative Extension Service

The New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences announced today that Jon Boren has been appointed to the role of associate dean and director of the Cooperative Extension Service, after a national search.

Jon Boren was named associate dean and director of New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service Friday morning. He has served as the interim for that position since April 2008.(NMSU photo)

Dean Lowell Catlett made the announcement Friday morning.

He said Boren showed a great deal of leadership right away as interim associate dean and director, after he was appointed in his interim role in April 2008.

"Jon came in immediately and had the character to make tough decisions," whether budget, personnel or programmatic, Catlett said. "He showed a great deal of leadership since Day 1."

Boren, who has worked as a professor and Extension wildlife specialist with NMSU, said he was excited to take on this new opportunity.

"I look forward to continuing the relationship with all the county faculty and staff, state specialists, the department heads and the diverse stakeholder groups across the state," he said.

Boren said the New Mexico Cooperative Extension Service has a unique relationship between county faculty and state specialists and that is something other land-grant universities strive for.

"Our primary goal is to focus and continue to use research-based knowledge from this land-grant university to improve the quality of life for the citizens of New Mexico," he said.

NMSU's Extension programs, such as agriculture and natural resources, consumer and family issues, 4-H and youth development, and community economic development, continue to receive recognition, Boren said, and he plans to ensure that the programs continue to reflect the emerging concerns for both rural and urban stakeholders.

He said addressing concerns surrounding energy, water, food, the environment, health issues and economic productivity are paramount for the future of Extension.

Boren earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in wildlife ecology and his doctorate in range science from Oklahoma State University before coming to NMSU in 1996 as an assistant professor and Extension wildlife specialist.

He has investigated wildlife and livestock interactions through scientific studies on rangelands and forests in New Mexico; developed innovative and cost-effective methods to cope with problems from wildlife damage; developed teaching materials to use in natural resource educational curriculum; and conducted educational programs for youth in 4-H, FFA and the public school system.

Boren was selected after an extensive, national search chaired by Martha Archuleta, department head of Family and Consumer Sciences, that included input from people both on campus and around the state.

"We felt he had that combination of the respect of the people, as well as internal discipline and fortitude," Catlett said. "He's got Extension and NMSU at heart. As one person put it, 'He walked in and put his arms around Extension.'"