AMES, Iowa — Timothy O. Borich, director of Iowa State University Extension Community and Economic Development and associate dean for outreach in the ISU College of Design, was honored for distinguished service by the National Association of Community Development Professionals (NACDEP) at its annual conference, held April 12-14 in Bloomington, Minn.
Borich received both the 2010 State Distinguished Extension Community Development Service Award and the NACDEP National State Distinguished Service Award. The state award recognizes a NACDEP member for active engagement with extension community development programs, professional accomplishments and work with the association. Each state may select only one recipient.
The recipient of the national award is chosen from among the state recipients. It recognizes special contributions and years of continous service in the leadership or development of the organization.
“Over the years, Tim has provided exceptional leadership to our Extension Community and Economic Development program as well as being an integral part of Extension administration,” said Jack Payne, ISU vice president for extension and outreach. “He has built a terrific program with an extremely capable and entrepreneurial staff, who have continued to be successful even in these difficult budget times.”
Borich also took office as president-elect of NACDEP at the conference. He will serve as president in 2011, and past president in 2012. Borich will also represent NACDEP on the national Joint Council of Extension Professionals (JCEP). The JCEP advocates for excellence in extension and advises such organizations as the USDA, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and state and national extension systems.
Borich has been an associate dean in the ISU College of Design since 2001 and director of ISU Extension Community and Economic Development since 2005. He is associate director of the ISU Institute for Design Research and Outreach, as well as an associate professor and extension specialist in community and regional planning. He has been with ISU Extension since 1979. Borich received a doctorate in sociology from Iowa State University in 1992.
NACDEP is a nonprofit organization created to assist extension professionals who deliver and do research on community development programs. Its mission includes promoting the importance of community and economic development through education, advocacy and coordination within the land-grant system. The association has more than 400 members from universities nationwide.
For more information about NACDEP, visit http://www.nacdep.net/.