The Purdue Extension Board Annual Meeting drew a full house despite snow and single digit temperatures on February 27. A keynote by state Extension Director Jason Henderson highlighted the evening along with the election of five board members, the introduction of two new youth representatives and the celebration of outgoing board members.

Henderson, who started in his post last May after a stint as a Vice President with the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City, commented about rural economics and the importance of innovation and technological adaptations for both agriculture and industry.  A key component of the Extension service is connecting rural communities with the research and technical breakthroughs of the university. 

Board president Jeff Campos and County Extension Director John Emerson thanked outgoing members Crystal Leu and Harold Gingerich for their two terms and six years of service to the board. Returning for a second term are Campos and Sherryl Rhinesmith.  Newly elected are Eric Perkins, Cathy Phillip, and Jim Young.  Also introduced were the youngest new members Rene Lewis, a sophomore at Prarie Heights, and Cole Miller, a sophomore at Lakeland. Emerson also presented special recognition to graduating seniors Cara Perkins and Allison Young.  

The board will hold its annual reorganization meeting on March 20th at Pine Knob Park and will elect officers, form committees, and set dates for 2014-2015.