Michelle Rodgers, Ph.D.

As Associate Dean and Director, Dr. Michelle Rodgers provides overall leadership for programs, personnel and the organizational development of the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension.
Dr. Rodgers is chair of the national Extension Committee of Organization and Policy (ECOP) and served as co-chair of the ECOP Health task force. She also serves on the board of The Journal of Extension, Inc. and served as President in 2014. She has also served as a board member on the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development. At the University of Delaware she is a member of the Commission on Outreach and Engagement for the University of Delaware.

Prior to coming to the University of Delaware, Dr. Rodgers spent 5 years as Associate Director at Michigan State University Extension. There she was responsible for overall leadership for programs, personnel and the organizational development units within MSUE. Dr. Rodgers also worked at Penn State University as an agent and regional director in Cooperative Extension.

Dr. Rodgers is a member of the Epsilon Sigma Phi honorary educational fraternity. She has received several national and regional awards and honors, including a fellow in the Food Systems Leadership Institute, Penn State’s Outreach and Cooperative Extension Vice Presidents Leadership Award, the Mary Nell Greenwood Extension Evaluation Award and the Working differently award from eXtension.

Dr. Rodgers holds a bachelor’s degree in home economics education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania as well as a master’s degree in rural sociology and a doctorate in agricultural education, both from Penn State.

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