Dr. Mark Russell became the new Head of Youth Development and Agricultural Education on August 1. He is no stranger to Purdue Agriculture as he has been an active extension specialist and undergraduate teacher in Animal Sciences since 1982. He grew up in Horseheads, NY and earned all three degree in Animals Sciences from Cornell University (BS) and the University of Illinois (MS and PhD.). He came to Purdue as the Extension Horse Specialist and has coached the horse judging team and taught the horse-related classes before broadening his scope to other animal science disciplines.
In the last 15 years he is most known for his focus on leadership development and intercultural effectiveness outcomes through service learning and travel courses where his students have learned informal educational engagement strategies in many international work settings including Ecuador, Romania and Haiti. His life goal is “to serve, encourage, and challenge others to make a difference” and that is what he hopes to bring to our Department. Dean Akridge recently said, "Mark brings a commitment to leadership development, teaching and learning scholarship, creativity, energy, and passion, and a demonstrated ability to engage broadly with stakeholders to his new role."