Angela Abbott, leader of Purdue Extension’s health and human sciences program, has been appointed associate director of Purdue Extension. The appointment, effective immediately, was announced Thursday (Aug. 7) by Purdue Extension Director Jason Henderson. “Angie’s ability to build first-class Extension programs through collaborative networks of federal, state and county stakeholders will help forge Extension for the 21st century,” Henderson said. “Her willingness to reach across boundaries and build true partnerships will bring additional cohesion and integration in Extension programs.”
Abbott will be responsible for enhancing the integration and cohesion of Extension staff support and communication throughout the organization. She will also maintain leadership of the health and human sciences Extension program. In addition, Abbott will lead the newly formed Director’s Office, created to coordinate and manage projects that cross the entire Extension organization. She joins three other program leaders: Lionel “Bo” J. Beaulieu, who oversees the economic and community development program, Renee McKee, 4-H and youth development; and Michael Schutz, agriculture and natural resources.
Abbott, a registered dietitian, has helped design numerous programs to educate the people of Indiana about the importance of proper nutrition. She is currently involved in two multistate U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded teams from the North Central region working on integrated research and Extension projects. One grant is to implement a community development model of Extension intervention to prevent childhood obesity; the other is to develop local food policy councils in rural communities to improve food security.
Prior to her role as program leader for Purdue Extension in the College of Health and Human Sciences, Abbott directed the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program education program and Expanded Food and Nutrition Education program for Purdue Extension. The programs provide nutrition education to limited-resource people in Indiana. Abbott has been at Purdue since 1999.