Melissa Lutat Hired as Regional Director for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

July 3, 2024, 1:11 pm | Andrea Welchans

Melissa Lutat.AMES, Iowa – Melissa Lutat has accepted the position of regional director for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach serving Dickinson, Emmet, Clay and Palo Alto counties in north central Iowa. She begins the position July 31. As regional director, Lutat will provide administrative leadership to county extension office staff and guidance to county extension councils.

Lutat has over 30 years of service in leadership, including 20 years of experience in education. She most recently served as a career coach consultant and adjunct faculty instructor at Iowa Lakes Community College. She also has served the college as coordinator for the Pathways for Academic Career and Employment and GAP programs, as well as coordinator for the Career Resource Center. She is a retired master sergeant with the United States Air Force. Her 22 years of military service included four years as commandant of the James M. McCoy Airman Leadership School, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. During that time, she led the school to be #1 of 74 community college of the Air Force campuses.

“Melissa is a high-performance leader dedicated to creating and sustaining a positive culture and climate for success. Her abilities are an excellent fit for the role of a regional director,” said Andrea Welchans, assistant vice president for ISU Extension and Outreach. “We congratulate her and welcome her to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.”

Lutat received her doctor of education degree from Capella University, Minnesota, her master of public administration from Bellevue University, Nebraska, and her bachelor of management from National American University, South Dakota. She also holds three associate degrees from the community college of the Air Force, Air University in Alabama.

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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