September 24, 2003 | By: Haven Miller

An agreement signed Sept. 16 by David Mohney, dean of the University of Kentucky College of Design, and Scott Smith, dean of the UK College of Agriculture, will strengthen a partnership to better serve Kentuckians. 

The agreement creates a formal partnership between the College of Agriculture and College of Design to work on topics in housing, home environment and historic preservation.  The School of Interior Design and the UK Cooperative Extension Service’s Family and Consumer Sciences unit will jointly implement the agreement. 

“This is another big step in what has become a truly significant trend for Kentucky Cooperative Extension – new partnerships.  Agreements like this one allow us to broaden our mission and reach out to new clientele in a high impact way without adding new resources,” Smith said.

“The goal of our College of Design is to improve the quality of life for Kentuckians, and this gives us a new platform and a broader base to make that happen,” Mohney said.

In addition to the overall partnership memorandum, a specific agreement was executed to provide for Extension home furnishings specialist Linda Adler to have appointment in the College of Design in addition to her Cooperative Extension Service appointment.  The agreement defines her responsibilities under the new partnership. Adler will work with College of Design faculty in developing programs in interior design and historic preservation; conducting community programs in rural tourism; providing technical review for educational materials; and participating in multidisciplinary teams for program development and instruction.

“The needs of our statewide clientele cut across a broad spectrum of areas and this partnership is a great example of the kind of relationship that’s going to allow us to connect people in their local communities with expertise on campus that can address their needs at the local level,” said Larry Turner, associate dean of Extension and associate director for Cooperative Extension in the College of Agriculture.

Co-signors of the Memorandum of Agreement are Larry Turner; Ann Dickson, director of the School of Interior Design; Bonnie Tanner, assistant Extension director for Family and Consumer Sciences; and Linda Adler, Extension specialist for home furnishings.


Source: Larry Turner, 859-257-4302