Dr. Kris Elliott is currently service as acting vice provost for Extension and Engagement and acting director of OSU Extension Service.
Dr. Elliott also provides executive leadership for the OSU Extension Service (OES) within the division of Extension and Engagement and works closely with the Associate Vice Provost for Engagement and Associate Vice Provost for Partnerships. Kris has administrative responsibility for OES operations, strategic plan implementation, program of work, OES budget in collaboration with the Executive Director of Fiscal Operations and Director of Extension, human resources, and OES evaluation, reporting, and sponsored programs. Dr. Elliott also leads central administration staffing, creation, onboarding, and development; and improvement and revisions to OES rules and procedures. Additionally, he helps support county level operations and engagement with elected officials, stakeholders, and community partners.
Dr. Elliott currently serves as Principal Investigator for a five-year, $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to serve as coordinator of USDA-funded projects that aim to cultivate the next generation of research, education and Extension professionals in food and agricultural sciences. Together for Innovating Youth in Agriculture, housed at OSU and designating OSU Extension as a National Center of Excellence for Youth Development, will emphasize support, collaboration and technology to ensure the success of projects that promote positive youth development in agriculture, both regionally and nationally. OSU is the sole institution that will maintain the Youth Innovators Empowering Agriculture Across America Coordination Network (YEA-CN).
In his previous OES role, Dr. Elliott led the development and operation of the statewide Outdoor School Program, which served over 117,000 students in the first 4 years of operation. The program successfully secured over $46 million in state funding over the last legislative biennium and launched major equity, diversity, inclusion, and access initiatives.
Kris earned his Ph.D. in Science Education from Oregon State University in 2014 and received his M.S. and B.S. degrees in Agricultural Sciences from Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo. Prior to his graduate studies at OSU, Kris served as a high school agricultural science instructor for nine years. Upon graduating from OSU with his doctorate, Kris served as an Assistant Professor of Agricultural Education at the University of Georgia, with an extension appointment in urban agriculture. Kris has also served in public school administration, serving as the Director of STEM for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools.
As a Gallup Certified Strengths Finder Coach, Kris helps individuals, teams, and organizations approach their work through positive psychology. Kris is an expert facilitator and works with administrators, leaders, educators, and youth across the nation on educational design and engaging teaching and learning strategies, particularly in science education, career and technical education, and leadership.