The University of Vermont College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has named Chuck Ross director of UVM Extension, Tom Vogelmann, dean of the college, announced recently. Ross was most recently secretary of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, a position he has held since 2011. Prior to his role as secretary, Ross served for 16 years as state director and senior advisor under U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.
According to Vogelmann, to whom Ross will report directly, the experience and skill set Ross brings to the job make him well suited to lead UVM Extension after a recent re-integration of the unit into the agricultural college; the two units became separate in 1998, largely for administrative reasons. The move was made in early November to facilitate closer working relationships among the faculty in the two units, strengthen economic development and education, and to unify outstanding research throughout Vermont, education and outreach.
“Becoming the director of UVM Extension is a wonderful opportunity to continue to work in the agricultural and food arena that shapes so much of Vermont’s economy, community and culture,” Ross said. “The team at Extension and in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a talented group of professionals with whom I am excited to take on the challenges and opportunities facing Vermont. Whether it be helping on water quality, implementing food safety or helping to build a Vermont food system that is accessible to all, Extension and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has much it can do to help build a healthy population, economy and environment in Vermont.”
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Photograph by Ian Thomas Jansen-Lonnquist '11, The University of Vermont