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Renee Pardello Named as New EFANS Assistant Dean

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Renee Pardello recently accepted a new position as assistant dean in the Extension Center for Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (EFANS). In her new role, Renee's three primary areas of responsibility for EFANS are programming, personnel, and finance and grants. Her work will include driving next steps for multidisciplinary initiatives, working closely with the evaluation team to strengthen capacity to report on impacts, providing tools to program leaders to aid them in their work with teams, helping bridge collaborations with Extension and other units on grants, managing the promotion process for educators, and pursuing ways EFANS can operate effectively as an Extension center.

Renee has diverse experience in program development, implementation and evaluation on multiple levels (rural, urban, across cultures) and during different circumstances (challenging budgets, famine, coup d'├ętat). This experience comes from work throughout West and Central Africa and within non-formal and formal educational organizations in Minnesota. She has worked with multiple audiences: youth, volunteers, local Extension educators, natural resource professionals and community leaders.

Renee has been with Extension since 2000, most recently as a program leader for the Water Resource Management, Environmental Science Education and Housing Technology program areas. She is currently leading EFANS initiatives in international work and multidisciplinary, water-related programming.

Please join me in welcoming Renee to this new and important role for EFANS.

Greg Cuomo
Associate Dean, Center for Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

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