OSU extension names new family and community development leader

August 12, 2005
OSU extension names new family and community development leader

CORVALLIS – Marc Braverman, a youth and community health specialist from the University of California, Davis, has been selected to lead the Oregon State University Extension Service's Family and Community Development program.

He also will serve as associate dean for extension and outreach in the OSU College of Health and Human Sciences and carry the rank of professor in the Dept. of Human Development and Family Sciences.

Sally Bowman, OSU Extension family development specialist, has been interim program leader since July 2004.

The OSU Extension Family and Community Development program delivers outreach education to Oregonians throughout the state to help individuals, families and communities maintain overall health and quality of life. One priority effort is the Oregon Family Nutrition Program, which helps low-income families make healthy food choices. Last year it served more than 26,000 Oregonians.

Braverman will provide leadership in administration, policy, program development, evaluation and research for Extension Family and Community Development faculty and staff working on campus and in the OSU Extension Service’s network of county Extension offices.

“As Oregon’s land-grant university, OSU has the privilege of serving the state through its Extension programs, which connect researchers, practitioners and volunteers to address critical statewide issues through the application of research knowledge,” said Braverman. “I am honored to join a great university, a flourishing college and an exceptional network of colleagues.”

Prior to his OSU appointment Braverman spent 22 years as a 4-H youth development specialist at UC Davis, where he established and directed the 4-H Center for Youth Development in the university’s Dept. of Human and Community Development. He also established the California Tobacco Control Evaluation Center and served as its director in 2004-05. He received his doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1982.

Braverman’s research interests include promotion of adolescent health, tobacco prevention and control, and community programming to serve youth and families.

Author: Bob Rost
Source: Marc Braverman