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CALS Extension leader named UW-Extension interim provost and vice chancellor

John Schutske

John M. Shutske, who has a joint administrative appointment with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and UW-Extension, will begin serving as the new interim provost and vice chancellor of UW-Extension on Feb. 17, 2014.

That role currently is filled by Aaron Brower, who has been appointed as interim chancellor of UW Colleges and UW-Extension, a position Ray Cross is leaving to serve as UW System president.

“John is recognized as a leader by his colleagues at University of Wisconsin institutions, by his peers around the country and by state and federal agricultural policymakers,” Brower said. “His knowledge and his leadership and communication skills will help keep UW-Extension moving forward to serve the state.”

Shutske has worked in extension services for 25 years in Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Since 2008, he has served as associate dean for extension and outreach in the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) and as the Agricultural and Natural Resources Extension program director within the Cooperative Extension Division of UW-Extension. In this joint role, he is responsible for educational programs in the state’s 72 counties, as well as the campus-based UW-Extension and applied research activities of more than 80 faculty and academic staff on the UW-Madison, UW-Platteville and UW-River Falls campuses.

“I look forward to working with our other UW System partners and supporting our UW-Extension deans and divisional directors as we build and grow one of the important and diverse two-way channels for the Wisconsin Idea,” Shutske said. “I’m also pleased to be able to build on the relationships I have developed through my role at UW-Madison CALS and UW-Extension and to continue to engage with community and state leaders, businesses, families and all those who benefit from UW-Extension activities.”

UW-Extension Cooperative Extension Dean Rick Klemme and UW-Madison CALS Dean Kate VandenBosch are working to identify a candidate to assume Shutske’s responsibilities as a program director and associate dean. They expect to announce an interim appointment in the next few weeks.

This release was written and distributed by UW-Extension. For more information, contact Sandra Kallio at (608) 890-3558 or