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Extension Youth Development Leadership Announcement

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I am pleased to announce the new executive leadership team for youth development.

Jennifer Skuza, has accepted the position of assistant dean for Extension Youth Development. Most recently, Jennifer was a state faculty member and youth development program leader in educational program design and development. She holds a Ph.D. in work, community and family education from the University of Minnesota. In her doctoral program, she minored in international education and studied at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. Previously, she led the establishment of the Urban 4-H Youth Development Office and directed the office for eight years.

In this new role, Jennifer will provide leadership and direction for programmatic and scholarly work within Extension Youth Development. She will guide strategic direction for programming and for the two-way link between scholarship and practice. She will also lead program design; development, implementation, coaching and stewardship with staff for their promotion and rank; and strategic positioning of Extension Youth Development in international and intercultural education and outreach.

Tamie Bremseth, has accepted the position of director of youth development operations. Tamie has a master's degree from the University of Minnesota and 22 years of experience with Extension in multiple program and administrative roles. In addition to leading and supervising staff as a program leader for 4-H Youth Development, Tamie has provided statewide leadership for stewardship of the 4-H program as a public organization which included the development of processes for finances, risk management, real estate and equipment. With responsibility for staff development, Tamie worked with Minnesota and North Central Regional Extension Youth Development colleagues to give leadership to the development of a multi-state distance-learning course on partnership development as well as the onboarding process for Extension Youth Development employees.

In this new role, Tamie will provide strategic leadership for Extension Youth Development operations. This includes the design and administration of systems and processes related to finances, risk management, human resources, technology and communications.

I am pleased that Jennifer and Tamie have accepted these vital leadership roles. We will be working with the rest of the current leadership team over the next few months to transition Jennifer and Tamie into these positions and identify the rest of our leadership team. We will also be looking across the current program teams and structures to create greater alignment, integration and focus. Jennifer and Tamie will continue to supervise their current staff during the transition. We expect to have new supervisory roles outlined by early fall.

Dorothy McCargo Freeman
Associate Dean, Youth Development

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