October 5, 2001 | By: Ellen Brightwell

Citizens can attend meetings at three Kentucky locations the week of October 15 to learn more about the three finalists for Associate Dean for Extension at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. A key part of these meetings will be an open forum so each finalist can give 30 minutes of comments, followed by 45 minutes of questions and answers.

Candidates are Jimmy C. Henning, Extension Professor of Agronomy at UK, Joseph Schaefer, Director of the Center for Natural Resources/Extension Program Leader for Natural Resources at the University of Florida, and Larry W. Turner, Chair and Extension Professor of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at UK.

The Lexington forums will be October 15 through 17, beginning at 3 p.m., in Seay Auditorium on the UK campus. The schedule will be Henning, October 15; Turner, October 16; and Schaefer, October 17.

The remaining two forum sites will be October 18 at the Research and Education Center in Princeton and October 19 in the Robinson Station Community Center in Quicksand. Both forums will have identical schedules, based on local time, as follows: Schaefer, 10 a.m., Henning, 1 p.m. and Turner, 3 p.m.

Henning has been an Extension forage specialist at UK since 1990 and previously had the same position at the University of Missouri. He places high priority on agent support in written materials, field days and farm visits; is active in and values team approaches to Extension education, and places importance on consensus decisions and program evaluation and refinement.

Since arriving at UF in 1987, Schaefer's duties have spanned the land-grant university mission of teaching, research and Extension. His management style is democratic and involves encouraging, persuading and requesting input. A priority is to recognize accomplishments and people doing good things. He encourages risk taking based on rational thinking.

Turner began his Extension career in 1978 as an engineer in energy management and conservation. Presently, he is responsible for programming, budgets and personnel leadership in the department's Extension, research and instructional programs. He uses a consultative and participatory leadership style to build consensus for mutually set goals and to facilitate achievement of these goals.

For more information on the finalists, go to "Finalists: Associate Dean for Extension" on the College of Agriculture home page at http://www.ca.uky.edu