Vice President for Extension and Outreach

John D. Lawrence serves as Iowa State University Vice President for Extension and Outreach.

The Iowa State University Vice President for Extension and Outreach provides leadership for the statewide unit of the university responsible for delivering on the land-grant mission of teaching, research, and service for the public good. The Vice President works across the university to provide programs that share information and technology to educate and innovate, and provides advice and counsel to the Provost and the President on ISU Extension and Outreach issues. The Vice President is the Director of Cooperative Extension for Iowa State University.

John D. Lawrence

John D. Lawrence
Vice President
Extension and Outreach
2150 Beardshear
Ames, IA 50011
Phone: 515-294-5390
Email: jdlaw@iastate.edu
Twitter: @JohnLawrenceISU

2017-2022 Extension and Outreach Strategic Plan Goals

Goal 1. Engage all Iowans with access to research-based education and information.

Goal 2. Build capacity for council members, faculty, staff, and volunteers.

Goal 3. Enhance efforts in programming, operations, and staffing to reach diverse and underrepresented populations.
 

ISU Extension and Outreach is a key player for economic development efforts in the university’s strategic plan.

  • More than 1 million people directly benefit from ISU Extension and Outreach educational programs every year. In addition, we reach more than 4 million through our digital presence.
  • We engage all Iowans in research, education, and extension experiences to address real-life challenges.
  • Our faculty, educators, and staff harness resources from all ISU colleges and campus units, as well as 99 counties with 900 locally elected council members and more than 16,000 volunteers – to build capacity, lead programs, and support efforts across the state.
  • Agriculture and Natural Resources programs provide research-based information and education to farmers, landowners, and agribusinesses.
  • Human Sciences programs provide research-based information and education to build strong relationships, families, and communities.
  • Community and Economic Development programs focus on housing, demographics, local economies, built environment, and civic engagement and leadership capacity.
  • Each year we reach about 100,000 youth through 4-H Youth Development. We build skills in Iowa youth to improve their college and career readiness, address achievement or opportunity gaps, and encourage youth to use their skills to shape Iowa’s future.

Learn more in our 2017 annual report.
 

About John D. Lawrence

Education

  • Ph.D. Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, 1989
  • M.S. Economics, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, 1986
  • B.S. Animal Science, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, 1984

Professional Experience

  • Associate Dean of Extension and Outreach, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Director, Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension, February 2010 – March 2017
  • Interim Director, Iowa State University Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation, January 2016 – March 2017
  • Interim Director, Iowa State University Beginning Farmer Center, July 2012 – March 2017
  • Interim Director, Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University, July 2013 – March 2017
  • Assistant Director, Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station, July 2004 – January 2010
  • Director, Iowa Beef Center, July 1998 - January 2010
  • ISU Extension Livestock Economist and Professor, August 2004 - January 2010
  • ISU Extension Livestock Economist and Associate Professor, June 1997 – August 2004
  • ISU Extension Livestock Economist and Assistant Professor, July 1991 - June 1997
  • Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota, Extension Economist in Marketing and Assistant Professor, Jan. 1990 - June 1991


March 2018