PULLMAN, Wash. – Linda Kirk Fox, associate dean and associate director of Washington State University, has been appointed to represent the western United States on the national Extension Committee on Organization and Policy and is in line to chair the group in 2012.
“I am honored to be considered for this leadership position by my colleagues and entrusted with a seat at the table among many I consider outstanding directors and administrators,” Fox said. “To be considered for the post of chair is an added vote of confidence and one which I do not take lightly.”
Effective immediately, Fox will serve on the national Extension Committee on Organization and Policy, in addition to her responsibilities at WSU. The Western Extension Directors’ Association nominated her for the position. Members of that group represent five regions of the U.S. The western region includes Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Micronesia, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
Fox has served in a national capacity in a variety of roles, which have directly benefited WSU. She was named a U.S. Department of Agriculture “Hero” in 2009 for servicing as co-chair of the national expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program. She was instrumental in developing language for the U.S. Farm Bill insuring eligibility and minimum base funding for EFNEP for land-grant colleges created in 1890, traditionally black colleges. She also led the effort that resulted in EFNEP federal funding growing from $52 million to $65.8 million.
Fox currently serves on key committees for the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, including the National Directors’ Working Group.