Michelle S. Rodgers brought her visionary leadership to the University of Delaware (UD) in April 2012. As Associate Dean and Director of Cooperative Extension and Outreach she provides overall leadership for programs, personnel and the organizational development of UD Cooperative Extension.
Dr. Rodgers applies 30 years of Extension experience to foster collaborations that serve Delaware’s agriculture industry, families and communities while delivering outcomes through statewide programs. As a member of UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources leadership team─ focusing on internal and external operations and relationships─ she’s a catalyst in propelling the college to its desired future.
Engaged on the national scene, Dr. Rodgers currently is Project Director for the CES – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Partnership for Healthy Communities, Co-Chair of the Centers for Community Engagement at UD, past chair of the Extension Committee of Organization and Policy (ECOP) and just completed training as a fellow in the Food System Leadership Institute (FSLI).
She holds a B.S. degree in Home Economics Education from Indiana University of PA, and a Master’s degree in Rural Sociology and Ph.D. in Agricultural Education both from Penn State University.
Scholarly interests include developing high performance teams, operational outreach partnerships, evaluation competencies, leadership and change theory, incorporation of technology as a delivery method, and strategies for building healthy communities.