In this role as a member of the division’s executive leadership team, Dr. Marina Denny will build, sustain and implement a compelling vision of the role of Extension and Engagement within the university, Oregon communities, regionally and internationally and provide leadership for implementing university-wide, community engaged scholarship. This includes seeking opportunities to create greater collaboration and integration across colleges and divisions. She will provide collaborative leadership for division operations and our commitments to advance equity and inclusion in all aspects of our work and for those we serve.
Dr. Denny joins OSU from her role as associate professor and Extension specialist in program and staff development in the School of Human Sciences at Mississippi State University. She previously served as a county faculty and county Extension director for the University of Florida and has served her universities and the profession on local, regional and national boards and committees. Marina has a B.S. in wildlife ecology and conservation and an M.A.in environmental education curriculum and instruction, both from the University of Florida. She earned an Ed.D.in organizational leadership from Nova Southeastern University.
In her more than 20 years working for land grant universities, she has led diverse teams, managed community volunteers, facilitated strategic planning endeavors and collaborated with peers and senior leadership to identify policy changes and training needs. Marina shares that she is always seeking opportunities for innovation, risk-taking and working with stakeholders to identify strategies to drive transformative change.