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Lincoln University of Missouri Welcomes New Associate Extension Administrator Anthony Reed

Stephanie Cobian | June 4th, 2024

Lincoln University’s College of Agriculture, Environmental and Human Sciences (CAEHS) has selected Anthony Reed as the new associate extension administrator (AEA). He will provide leadership to Extension and Educational Outreach staff in overall program design, development, delivery and assessment.

Reed's career in higher education spans nearly three decades and includes experience in government service (USDA Farm Service Agency), as well as higher education, encompassing projects and personnel management, administration, grant writing and instruction. He joins Lincoln University of Missouri (LU) from the USDA Farm Service Agency, where he served as the state outreach coordinator and beginning farmer and rancher coordinator in Louisiana.

Douglas LaVergne, Ph.D., dean of the College of Agriculture, Environmental and Human Sciences, said that Reed brings extensive experience as a faculty, university administrator and government servant. "He is a transformational leader with the ability to foster organizational collaboration that can help drive the University's land grant mission forward," LaVergne said. "I am confident that he will advance our college's work and vision, reaching all Missourians with the knowledge and tools to improve their quality of life."

As the new associate extension administrator, Reed will oversee a range of responsibilities, providing leadership and management for Lincoln University Cooperative Extension (LUCE). He plays a pivotal role in developing long-term strategies to enhance LU's land-grant mission. Reed has been assigned four signature areas of Extension — agricultural and natural resources, 4-H youth development, family and consumer sciences and community and economic development.

"My goal is to create an environment where individuals can realize their full potential and contribute to societal transformation," Reed said. "This involves empowering citizens to take ownership in creating change and improving their communities by assisting individuals, youth, businesses, farmers and ranchers, community organizations and families through a partnership with LU Extension Service."

In his role, Reed will be tasked with preparing reports and documentation for the USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), forging alliances with businesses, state government agencies, commodity groups, agriculture stakeholders and community-based organizations. Additionally, Reed plans to help develop LU's strategic plan of delivering high-quality research in agricultural and food sciences to limited-resource small-scale farmers.

Previously, Reed served in several higher education administrative roles at Alcorn University in Mississippi — director of special projects, co-primary investigator, resource development specialist, interim associate extension administrator, interim director of grants and contracts and director of small farm outreach. He was also an instructor, associate project director of a small farm outreach training and technical assistance project and an extension agent at Prairie View A&M University in Texas. Reed is also a 2006 USDA Fellow-Cooperative State Research Education and Extension Service.

Reed earned his B.S. in business administration from Alcorn University. In addition, he completed his Master of Science with distinction in Agriculture Economics and is working on his terminal degree.

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