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Payne Is New Iowa State University Extension Leader

Jack Payne


AMES, Iowa – Jack M. Payne, vice president for University Extension at Utah State University, Logan, has been named vice provost for Extension and outreach at Iowa State University.  He will begin his duties Jan. 15, 2006.


Payne also is director of the Utah Cooperative Extension Service, dean of continuing education at Utah State and a tenured professor in the College of Natural Resources. He will succeed Vice Provost for Extension Stanley Johnson, who has held the position since 1996 and will retire in December.


As vice provost for Extension and outreach at Iowa State, Payne will serve as director of cooperative extension, which has programs in agriculture and natural resources, communities and economic development, families and 4-H youth development. The vice provost also administers University Extension, which includes business and industry programs and continuing education and communications services that provide delivery of off-campus credit and noncredit courses, conferences and continuing education offerings.


“Dr. Payne has exceptional experience as an Extension specialist, faculty member and administrator at several of the nation’s leading land-grant universities,” said Iowa State University President Gregory Geoffroy. “He also brings a wealth of experience in resource management from the private sector. He will be a great leader for Extension in Iowa, and we’re delighted to have him join Iowa State.”


Payne said he was attracted to the vice provost position at Iowa State because of the size, scope and diversity of the program, the quality of the people and the national leadership of ISU Extension, particularly in the areas of economic development and leadership.


“It is an honor to have this opportunity to be on the team of one of this nation’s leading public universities and its first land-grant institution,” Payne said.


Prior to joining Utah State in 2001, Payne oversaw the start-up of The American National Fish and Wildlife Museum, Springfield, Mo., serving as its first CEO and president. He also spent 10 years with Ducks Unlimited Inc., serving as national director and western states director of the private lands program (1990-1996), acting executive director of Ducks Unlimited de Mexico (1996-1999) and national director of conservation (1996-2000). 


Payne was at Texas A&M University, College Station, from 1985 to 1990 as an associate professor and extension wildlife specialist in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, and as an adjunct professor in a wildlife research institute. He also was an assistant professor and extension wildlife specialist at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, from 1983 to 1985.


Payne earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Temple University, Philadelphia (1969); and a master’s degree in fisheries science (1979) and a doctorate in wildlife science (1983), both from Utah State University, Logan.


Mark Engelbrecht, dean of ISU’s College of Design, led the 20-member search committee.



Contacts :

Benjamin Allen, Provost, (515) 294-0070

Mark Engelbrecht, Search committee chair and dean, College of Design, (515) 294-7427

Annette Hacker, News Service, (515) 294-3720

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