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Shutske to Step Down as Associate Dean of Extension, Outreach
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 03/24/2016

The associate dean for the University of Wisconsin-Madison's College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, who also serves as the program director for Agricultural and Natural Resources Extension in UW Cooperative Extension, is stepping down this summer. John Shutske announced he will return to his faculty position in the UW-Madison Department of Biological Systems Engineering, effective July 1.

Shutske has served in the dual role since July 2008, where he helped to direct and coordinate the efforts of county-based Cooperative Extension agents in all 72 Wisconsin counties and university-based Cooperative Extension specialists on the UW Madison, Platteville and River Falls campuses.

Over the past eight years, Shutske has hired a number of new faculty and staff and helped orient them to their extension roles. He also established a consultative group of faculty and staff from the three UW campuses he oversees to help set joint priorities and create a shared vision for sustained excellence.

"John has worked collaboratively with university leaders, local communities, Wisconsin commodity groups, industry stakeholders and elected officials at all levels to address issues critical to Wisconsin's agricultural economy and natural resource base," said CALS Dean Kate VandenBosch. "I have appreciated the opportunity to work with him. His leadership will be missed."

In his faculty role, Shutske will be continuing research and extension programming on methods to apply new technologies, including sensors, robotics and wireless communications, to reduce injuries and other negative health outcomes for people and the environment, while simultaneously pursuing enhanced profitability. As a faculty affiliate in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health's Department of Family Medicine, he will be building partnerships with federally funded Centers for Agricultural Disease and Injury Research, Education, and Prevention in Marshfield and the region in Minnesota and Iowa.

The UW is currently accepting applications for a new associate dean for extension and outreach.

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