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Gist Chair Update

Because of support from the late George R. and Genevieve B. Gist, the Gist Chair in Extension is able to support professional growth and development in Extension administration and leadership. 

Recent Gist supported activities include the full sponsorship for 15 Extension professionals to participate in the Spring Extension Cohort of the Foundational Leadership Certificate Program offered by the OSU Leadership Center. In addition to a virtual introduction/orientation, the program consists of six days of face-to-face content on the Columbus campus, personal assessments, and one-on-one coaching sessions. The certificate program is led by Dr. Jeff King and includes faculty and staff from the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL) and Extension.

Efforts to identify a fall cohort for the Foundational Leadership Certificate Program are currently underway. Session dates are Sept. 10, Oct. 2, Oct. 8, Oct. 23, Nov. 1, Nov 20., and Dec. 4 on the Columbus campus. Future plans also include program delivery at locations throughout the state. To express interest, or for more information regarding this or other Gist-supported efforts, contact Greg Davis (

picture of spring co-hort