CORVALLIS - The Oregon State University Agricultural Experiment Station and OSU Extension Service have appointed new leaders to direct OSU agricultural research and Extension outreach education programs in central Oregon.

Marvin Butler has been named to a joint appointment in which he will have shared administrative responsibility as superintendent of OSU'S Central Oregon Agricultural Research Center (COARC) and staff chair of the Jefferson County office of the OSU Extension Service in Madras.

Teresa Hogue has been appointed staff chair of the OSU Extension Service office located on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. She is also staff chair of the Deschutes County office of the OSU Extension Service in Redmond.

Butler and Hogue succeed Clint Jacks who retired.

"Butler's many years of experience in central Oregon will serve him well in his new leadership role," said Deborah Maddy, an assistant director with the OSU Extension Service. "His knowledge of the area and its communities will enable him to effectively lead OSU's research and Extension programs in response to important local issues related to the economy and the environment."

Trained as a crop scientist, Butler has been with OSU since 1991, when he began his career as a crops production agent with the Jefferson County office of the OSU Extension Service. Over the years he has worked closely with central Oregon growers and OSU agricultural researchers at COARC to address production issues in mint and grass seed crops.

Hogue started her career with the OSU Extension Service in 1974. She conducted 4-H youth and family and community development programs as an Extension agent in the Harney County Extension office in Burns until 1984, when she moved to the Jefferson County Extension office.

"Hogue is an ideal choice to lead OSU Extension education programs at Warm Springs," Maddy said. "She brings many years of experience in leadership education and positive youth development with her to this important new assignment."

In 1988 Hogue began a 12-year stint as state director for Oregon Positive Youth Development, a position in the governor's cabinet to mobilize community efforts to engage public and private investment to support youth development programs. She was director of the Chandler Center for Community Leadership from 1996 to 2002; and appointed Extension staff chair in Deschutes County in 2002.

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Deborah Maddy, 541-737-2711