Dr. Kris Elliott 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. Kris has administrative responsibility for OES operations, strategic plan implementation, OES budget in collaboration with the Chief Fiscal Officer, central administration staffing and creation, and improvement and revision to OES rules and procedures. Additionally, he helps support county level operations and engagement with elected officials, stakeholders, and community partners.
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 worked 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.