New leadership in higher education and at the University of
Kentucky has focused much attention on the critical role universities
must play in economic advancement. Probably the most important
way we can contribute to this mission is through a continuing
commitment to quality instruction, student success, and preparation
of society-ready graduates.
features articles on two College of Agriculture alumni who have
become leaders in Kentucky's economy. The successful careers
of Harold Workman and Lynwood Schrader and the substantial contributions
they have made to their communities and professions illustrate
one of the ways our College supports the economy of the commonwealth.
As a land
grant college, our contributions have always extended beyond
on-campus education to include research and Extension programs.
Through those programs, we are expanding our statewide role
in community and economic development. At both the local and
state level, our agents and faculty are facilitating a remarkable
array of projects in community planning, business expansion
and retention, agricultural entrepreneurship, and commercialization
Cooperative Extension program area, community and economic development,
has received new emphasis under the leadership of Associate
Dean Larry Turner and Assistant Director Rick Maurer. Some counties
are beginning to hire specialized agents for community resource
development. At the same time, we are making and implementing
plans to provide greater support to all agents as they pursue
programs related to local economic development. One of the ways
we will do this is through the newly created Department of Community
and Leadership Development, which you will read more about in
the next issue of the magazine.
Through innovation in education, service, and research, our
land grant colleges can and should be a powerful driving force
for economic progress in Kentucky.
Dean, College of Agriculture