Abby Boysen Hired as Regional Director for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

March 15, 2024, 8:00 am | Andrea Welchans

Abby Boysen.AMES, Iowa – Abby Boysen has accepted the position of regional director with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach serving Linn, Benton, Cedar and Jones counties in northeast Iowa. She begins the position on April 8. As regional director, Boysen will provide administrative leadership to county extension office staff and guidance to county extension councils.

Currently, Boysen is a 4-H youth program specialist in southeast Iowa. She works with community partners, writes and manages grants, and informs the county extension councils about 4-H youth programming. Along with her team in southeast Iowa, she encourages and provides innovative educational programming for youth and forms youth-adult partnerships. She involves the community and encourages interdisciplinary collaborations to extend their work and serve traditional and non-traditional audiences.

Previously, she was a program assistant for ISU Extension and Outreach’s “Buy. Eat. Live Healthy.” program in Louisa and Muscatine counties. She provided nutrition education and cooking lessons to families dealing with food insecurity, helping them improve their physical activity, save money and plan meals, as well as empowering them to make healthier food choices.

Before joining ISU Extension and Outreach, Boysen was a paraeducator at Morning Sun and Wapello Elementary Schools, owned and operated a music and dance academy for 15 years, was a Global Educator for the Stanley Foundation, and taught science and outreach programs through the Bettendorf Children’s Museum.

“Abby has a gift for balancing urban and rural communities. She will provide direction and leadership by empowering a goal-driven region committed to the communities it serves,” said Andrea Welchans, assistant vice president with ISU Extension and Outreach. “We congratulate her and welcome her to the county leadership of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.”

Boysen received her bachelor’s degree in performing arts from the University of Iowa and her master’s in family and consumer sciences and youth development from Iowa State University.

ISU Extension and Outreach is part of the federal Cooperative Extension Service — a network of more than 100 land-grant institutions, including Iowa State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, serving communities and counties across the United States. Every county in Iowa has an elected extension council that decides how to support ISU Extension and Outreach educational programs at the county level.

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