AMES, Iowa – Ann Torbert has been hired to fill a new regional director position with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
Beginning June 1, Torbert will serve as regional director for Dallas County. For the past 20 years, Torbert has worked in Linn County as a 4-H youth program specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. Her previous experience includes serving as a home economist and nutrition unit leader with Oklahoma State University Extension, as the Mahaska County extension education director in Iowa and as a 4-H youth agent with University of Wisconsin Extension.
The new regional director position was created as part of a restructuring in ISU Extension and Outreach to better serve Iowa’s 99 counties, according to Andrea Nelson, assistant vice president for county services. Since 2009, ISU Extension and Outreach has operated with 20 regions, varying in size from three to eight counties, each served by a regional director.
“With the new structure that takes effect statewide July 1, ISU Extension will have 27 regions, each served by a regional director. Three regions are one-county regions – Polk, Story and Dallas. The remaining 24 regions each include three to five counties,” Nelson explained.
Regional directors from the previous configuration have been assigned to the new regions and will shift into their new positions on July 1. Searches have been conducted or are in progress to fill the remaining vacancies, Nelson said.
[PHOTO] Ann Torbert