In 2018, I visited with Iowans throughout the state – during small group discussions, county extension centennial celebrations, and many other meetings and events. I had a new title, Iowa State University Vice President for Extension and Outreach, but I simply was continuing our tradition of listening to and learning from Iowans.
ISU Extension and Outreach engages Iowans in solving today’s problems and planning for tomorrow. That is why we always have to be aware of their needs. Our researchers look over the horizon, to find innovations and identify emerging issues, so we can help Iowans prepare for the future. We are a 99 county campus with extension staff and extension councils working to meet local needs. We learn about the challenges Iowans are facing, and then we partner with them to address the challenges.
I truly believe ISU Extension and Outreach is an investment to nurture. We connect Iowans with university research and resources, creating more than $897 million of economic impact. Each year more than 1 million Iowans benefit from our educational programs for economic growth, healthy families, thriving communities, and sustainable environments. In addition, we reach millions more through our digital presence. We are committed to the land-grant mission of accessibility and research-based education and information. We are listening, learning, and working together with the people of our state to build a strong Iowa.
John D. Lawrence
ISU Vice President for Extension and Outreach