eXtension Begins New Chapter: Christine Geith Chief Executive Officer

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The ‘New eXtension’ begins an exciting phase of its development and growth with the hiring of its new leader. The eXtension Foundation Board of Directors has named Christine Geith PhD as its Chief Executive Officer effective July 1, 2015.

“Having served as an advisor in some of the early strategic thinking and planning for the new framework, it is a privilege to serve as Chief Executive Officer for the eXtension Foundation. Together, the Cooperative Extension System and eXtension are essential hubs for community innovation on a national scale,” said Geith.

Geith is currently Assistant Provost and Executive Director of MSU Global at Michigan State University. She brings 25 years of leadership experience creating entrepreneurial, technology-based ventures at both a technical regional university, Rochester Institute of Technology, and a top-ranked land-grant university, Michigan State University. She has provided leadership for innovative digital strategies for programs, research, Extension, outreach and corporate engagement. She has also worked with new organizations and served on a number of boards, pioneering new business models and technologies to generate significant value for clients and stakeholders.

“I believe the time is now for eXtension to form even deeper partnerships with Cooperative Extension directors and administrators, and with a variety of organizations, to enhance the Cooperative Extension mission and accelerate its local impact. The new eXtension Foundation is well positioned to lead an expanded vision and enable the adoption of new ways of serving local communities for Cooperative Extension nationwide,” she said.

“We are very excited that Christine Geith will lead the eXtension Foundation and help us to develop both the future of eXtension and the future of Cooperative Extension, “ said Dennis Calvin, chair of the eXtension Foundation Board of Directors and Penn State University Cooperate Extension System director.
For more information contact: Terry Meisenbach, eXtension Communications & Marketing, 760-641-9354 or tmeisenbach@extension.org.

About the eXtension Foundation

The eXtension Foundation is an innovation network of the national Cooperative Extension System, the nation’s largest non-formal educational organization. A member-based, non-profit organization, eXtension amplifies local Cooperative Extension impact by catalyzing innovation and exceptional professional development for the nation’s 15,000 Extension educators. The Cooperative Extension System has been extending knowledge and transforming lives for over 100 years. See more at extension.org