UTIA Vice Chancellor elected president

UTIA Vice Chancellor Keith Barber

Keith Barber, UT Institute of Agriculture Vice Chancellor of Institutional Advancement, has been elected to a two-year term as President of the National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association. Photo courtesy UTIA. Download image.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - At its recent annual conference in State College, Penn., the membership of the National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association elected its leadership team for the coming year.

Keith Barber, Vice Chancellor of Institutional Advancement at University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, has been elected by the membership to a two-year term as President. Barber has held several leadership roles within the organization, most recently as Awards Chair and Vice President (2012-14).
In 2008, Barber received the NAADA Professional Achievement Award.

Jamie Lucero, Director of Alumni Relations and Chair of the CALS Diversity Committee at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech was elected to a two-year term as Vice President. Lucero has previously served as the Chair of the Education Committee and Chair of the Alumni Professionals Track.

Sharon Detzer, Senior Director of Alumni Affairs and Development at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University is midway through her two-year term as Treasurer. Detzer previously served the organization as Individual Awards Committee Chair.

Pat Whittington, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Student Development at the Ohio State University, continues his term as Secretary. Whittington has been involved with NAADA for several years and previously served the organization as the Student Professionals Track Representative.

Immediate Past-President Jillian Stevenson, Associate Director of Communications and Alumni Relations at the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State University, begins a two-year term as Past-President. Stevenson finished her two-year term as President in June 2014. In 2009, she was the recipient of the Founder’s Distinguished Service Award.

Past-President Mary Buschette, Director of Alumni and Constituent Relations for the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota completed her multi-term board service to NAADA.  She has been an active volunteer for several years including a term as President (2010-2012). She was the recipient of the Jane Longley-Cook Volunteer Service Award in 2007 and the Founders Distinguished Service Award in 2012.

Other members of the Board of Directors include: Tara Anderson, University of Illinois; Jill Brown, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Christi Chadwell, Texas Tech University; Lisa Cox, University of Kentucky; Monica Delisa, Georgia State College and University; Heidi Griswold, Oklahoma State University; Michelle Hall, University of Missouri; Jason Headrick, University of Kentucky; Sennah Honea, Clemson University; Kathy Kennel, North Carolina State University; Naomi Knaub, Penn State University; Joe Leisz, Colorado State University; Kara Leudtke, University of Wisconsin; Catherine Maxwell, North Carolina State University; Derek Mulhern, Agriculture Future of America; Julie Obermeyer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Darin Paine, Texas A&M University; Frank Santiago, University of Arizona; Jennifer Shike, University of Illinois.

NAADA is dedicated to the professional advancement of the members and in turn the institutions they serve. The organization provides education and support for professionals, volunteers and student leaders who are dedicated to serving land-grant colleges of agricultural sciences and related programs. The network of members includes nearly 50 institutions and organizations from across the United States. The 2015 Annual Conference marks the 40th anniversary of the organization and will take place from June 16-19, 2015 in College Station, TX, hosted by Texas A&M University. For more information, please visit www.naada.org.



Keith Barber, NAADA President, University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, 865-974-5779,

Darrin Hubbard, NAADA Executive Secretary, 651-290-7463,