ORONO — Lisa Phelps, Maine’s statewide 4-H Program leader, will serve as interim director of University of Maine Cooperative Extension, effective Sept. 1. She succeeds longtime Extension director John Rebar, who is retiring Aug. 31.
Phelps will serve as interim director until the conclusion of UMaine’s national search for a new dean of UMaine Extension, which has been underway since June. An update on the status of the search is online.
Phelps currently serves as the program administrator supporting the Maine Extension Homemaker Council, and supporting and supervising faculty and staff in Androscoggin, Hancock, Kennebec, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Sagadahoc and Washington counties, the state 4-H Office, the Maine 4-H Foundation, and faculty and staff working in support of human development. She has offices in Orono and Lisbon.
She earned a Ph.D. in college student personnel administration/educational leadership from University of Northern Colorado in 1999 and joined the UMaine Extension staff in 2001 after working at Colorado State University from 1988–2001.
Rebar began working for UMaine Extension in 1984 and was named director in 2007.
University of Maine Cooperative Extension:
As a trusted resource for over 100 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension has supported UMaine’s land and sea grant public education role by conducting community-driven, research-based programs in every Maine county. UMaine Extension helps support, sustain and grow the food-based economy. It is the only entity in our state that touches every aspect of the Maine Food System, where policy, research, production, processing, commerce, nutrition, and food security and safety are integral and interrelated. UMaine Extension also conducts the most successful out-of-school youth educational program in Maine through 4-H.
About the University of Maine:
The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state’s land grant and sea grant university. As Maine’s flagship public university, UMaine has a statewide mission of teaching, research and economic development, and community service. UMaine is among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast and attracts students from Maine and 49 other states, and 67 countries. It currently enrolls 11,240 total undergraduate and graduate students who can directly participate in groundbreaking research working with world-class scholars. The University of Maine offers 35 doctoral programs and master’s degrees in 85 fields; more than 90 undergraduate majors and academic programs; and one of the oldest and most prestigious honors programs in the U.S. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial efforts campuswide aimed at conserving energy, recycling and adhering to green building standards in new construction. For more information about UMaine, visit umaine.edu.