Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Regional Director Jayne Hager Dee to Retire from University of Minnesota Extension

After thirteen years in a leadership position with University of Minnesota Extension, Jayne Hager Dee will be leaving the organization in early January.  She came to Dakota County in 1998 as the County Extension Director and now serves Dakota, Freeborn, Goodhue,  Mower, Rice and Steele Counties as Regional Director, with responsibilities for the Extension program, staff and office operations.  Her work includes building strong community partnerships to secure funding for Extension and opportunities for programming to meet community needs.   She is also the director of the Regional Extension Office in Farmington.


At the University of Minnesota, Jayne was selected to participate in the University of Minnesota Women's Leadership Institute,  as a Policy Fellow with the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute, as a member of the Faculty Senate and participated in LEAD-21, the national land grant university system leadership development program.  


Jayne's work life began in public relations and marketing in the food industry where she enjoyed a sixteen year career.  She joined Iowa State University Extension in 1989 as the Coordinator of the Iowa Public Policy Education Project and moved into university administration as Assistant Director of the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, also at Iowa State University.


She has been active in many state and local organizations.  She served as a County Supervisor (County Commissioner) in Marshall County, Iowa and as an elected member of the Iowa Valley Community College District Board of Directors.  She was the President of the Iowa 4-H Foundation and has served on several foundation boards.  After moving to Minnesota, she was chosen Vice-Chair of the Minnesota Board on Aging and Vice-Chair of the SELCO Regional Library Board.   Currently, she is Chair of the Northfield Charter Commission and Secretary of the Minnesota Public Radio Twin Cities Community Advisory Council.  And she plans to continue her volunteer service in retirement.


Dee's responsibilities will be shared by Kim Boyce and Sarah Chur, the new Extension Regional Directors in the Central Region, and LuAnn Hiniker and Nathan Crane, the new Regional Directors in the Southeast Region.

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