Jim Mintert, assistant director of agriculture and natural resources for Purdue Extension since 2009, has been appointed interim associate dean of the College of Agriculture and interim director of Extension.
Chuck Hibberd, the current associate dean and director, has accepted a similar position at the University of Nebraska, effective Oct. 1.
Mintert will assume his new role Sept. 27 and serve until a permanent replacement is hired. A search committee has been appointed by Jay Akridge, Glenn W. Sample Dean of Purdue Agriculture.
Mintert’s work most recently includes coordinating Purdue Extension’s response to this summer’s drought, the worst drought in more than 50 years.
“It is an effort that has been both important to our state and well received by our stakeholders,” Akridge said.
Before joining Purdue, Mintert spent 23 years at Kansas State University as professor and Extension state leader for agricultural economics.
Mintert, who also is a professor of agricultural economics, holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Purdue and a doctoral degree from the University of Missouri.
He is the author of more than 200 publications on the economics of the livestock industry. He also has received numerous honors, including Outstanding Extension Program Awards from both the American Agricultural Economics Association and the Western Agricultural Economics Association, and the AAEA’s Premier Forecaster Award for his livestock production and price forecasts.
Source: Purdue Ag Communications