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Franz Named Associate Dean for Extension in College of Human Sciences


AMES, Iowa -- Nancy Franz has been named the Iowa State University College of Human Sciences associate dean for extension and outreach to Families and 4-H Youth Development. Franz also will serve as director of ISU Extension to Families. She will hold a faculty appointment in educational leadership and policy studies. The appointment is effective May 17.

She replaces Jeanne Warning, who has been serving as interim since the retirement of JaneAnn Stout in November 2008. Warning will return to her former position as assistant director of Families Extension.

Franz currently is a professor and extension specialist in program development for agricultural and extension education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

“Nancy Franz is an outstanding, personable leader who has demonstrated a deep appreciation for land-grant universities and effective, research-based programming for youth and families. She will take a visionary, collaborative approach to leadership and transformative change,” said Pamela White, dean of the College of Human Sciences.

Jack Payne, vice president for ISU Extension and Outreach, praised Franz’s commitment to extension programs. He said in this period of transition at Iowa State, Franz’s background will be an asset to assuring ISU Extension’s future success.

Franz began her extension career in 1981 with University of Wisconsin Extension, serving in county and state level 4-H youth development positions. She became a graduate assistant with Cornell Cooperative Extension (Ithaca, N.Y.) in 1999 and returned to UW Extension in 2002 as an administrative coordinator with 4-H youth development as well as program development and evaluation. In 2003 she became associate director of University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension (Durham) and joined Virginia Cooperative Extension in 2006.

She also has experience as a guide and public speaker with Woodswomen Inc. and as a Youth Conservation Corps staff member with the U.S. Forest Service, Chequamegon National Forest, and the National Park Service, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, both in northern Wisconsin.

Her research focuses on transformative learning in intra-organizational partnerships, implementation of strategic plans, program evaluation, revenue generation and engagement in Extension programs.

Franz received her doctorate in agriculture, extension and adult education with minors in human resources and leadership from Cornell University. She received her master’s of education professional development degree from the University of Wisconsin-Superior and her bachelor’s degree in environmental studies/outdoor education/recreation from Northland College, Ashland, Wis. She also received a master online educator certificate from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

ISU Extension to Families works in partnership with other organizations and agencies to meet the needs of Iowa families with research based education related to aging, child care, consumer decisions, family financial management, family relationships, food safety, housing choices, nutrition and health, parent education and public policy affecting families. Extension specialists on the Iowa State campus and throughout the state provide information and assistance to families across the lifespan.

4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization, serving more than 6 million young people across America with programs in leadership, citizenship, communication and life skills. One in five Iowa school-age youth are involved in 4-H. In Iowa, 4-H Youth Development is headquartered at the Iowa State University campus in Ames.


Contacts :

Pamela White, Dean, College of Human Sciences, (515) 294-5380, pjwhite@iastate.edu

Jack Payne, Vice President, ISU Extension and Outreach, (515) 294-4603, jpayne@iastate.edu

Mark Settle, Director, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-9530, msettle@iastate.edu