Calvin Named Director of Cooperative Extension

Dennis Calvin (photo by Steve Williams)Dennis Calvin, who has served as interim director of Penn State Cooperative Extension since July 2009, has assumed the role on a permanent basis. Craig Weidemann, vice president for Penn State Outreach, and Bruce McPheron, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, made the announcement on Nov. 3 during the extension annual conference in Altoona.

As director, he will oversee the continuing implementation of an organizational restructuring aimed at enhancing the value and relevance of extension programs for Pennsylvania’s citizens and other stakeholders. He will also administer program planning; budget, facilities, and human resource management; and government, industry, and constituent relations.

“As an integral part of the College of Agricultural Sciences, extension has a long tradition of translating scientific knowledge into practical advice and educational programs that benefit the residents of Pennsylvania and beyond,” said McPheron. “Dennis Calvin has demonstrated the leadership that will help extension continue to address the urgent food, environmental, economic, and energy-related issues facing the state in the coming years.”

Weidemann praised Calvin as a well-regarded leader who will continue to enhance extension’s work across the Commonwealth as well as foster Penn State’s national leadership role in extension. “During the last year, he has played a critical part in expanding extension’s outstanding programs, including providing important educational programs for more than 60,000 residents about the opportunities and complexities associated with Marcellus shale gas exploration,” he said. “Under Dennis’s direction, extension will continue to make strides in applying Penn State’s deep academic strengths to address pressing issues across Pennsylvania.”

Calvin joined Penn State as an assistant professor of entomology in 1985. From 1985 to 1996, he served as Penn State’s integrated pest management (IPM) coordinator, which entailed the development and coordination of IPM programs and acting as a liaison with national, regional, and state IPM groups.

He received a bachelor’s degree in agronomy and pest management from Iowa State University, and he earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in entomology from Kansas State University.

Photo: Steve Williams