MSU Extension names Lisa Anderson district coordinator in northern Michigan

posted on August 17, 2015 1:45pm


MSU Extension names Lisa Anderson district coordinator in northern Michigan

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Lisa Anderson has been named district coordinator for Michigan State University Extension to newly formed District 14, which focuses on counties in northern Michigan. District 14 houses Alpena, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, Montmorency, Otsego and Presque Isle counties. Anderson has extensive governmental, regulatory, public service, outreach, leadership and work group experience with a strong passion to apply sound scientific practices to engage with environmental, economic and social issues.

 “District coordinators serve an essential role to provide coordination to build relationships, collaborations and liaisons within the district, procuring resources and support, mentoring and coaching Extension staff members, and encouraging and leading initiatives in regional development,” said Ray Hammerschmidt, interim director of MSU Extension. “We are confident in the leadership, strengths and experiences that Lisa will contribute to the newly formed District 14 and look forward to her impact in our organization.”

Anderson started her role August 15, 2015, engaging local governments, nonprofits, school systems and neighborhood groups to ensure that MSU Extension provides the knowledge resources necessary to identify community challenges and propose and implement successful solutions. 

 “I believe in the core mission of improving lives through collaboration and sharing the best science that MSU has to offer with the citizens of Michigan. I know this is best accomplished by building relationships and trust with the community, regulatory agencies, and governmental representatives. I look forward to joining the MSU Extension team, meeting all of my new colleagues, and learning more about the communities we serve,” Anderson said.

Anderson’s extensive public service experience began with her work for the Montcalm County Health Department, transitioned into serving in several capacities in the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and continued with her engagement as a geologist for the Michigan Geological Survey Division. Additional educational, outreach and leadership experiences include working as a professor at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, Illinois, director and secretary of the Jo-Carroll Solid Waste Agency, and as geoscience outreach coordinator for the Illinois State Geological Survey. Anderson is a graduate of Michigan State University receiving a B.S. in geology, as well as a Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in geology from Western Michigan University.

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