Cindy Torppa, director of Learning and Organizational Development (LOD), has announced that she will begin a new adventure when she retires from Ohio State University Extension on June 30. Establishing a LOD unit was a key element of the initial designEXT implementation, and I appreciate that Cindy took leadership of that effort during the restructuring process.
Cindy’s career has spanned more than one state and more than one role, touching many lives in the process. Cindy began her career at Ohio State in 1999 as an Extension educator in Morrow County and has since served in several roles including center specialist and regional director where she provided leadership to 20 counties in the Northwest Region. In addition to Extension, Cindy served as an associate professor at the University of Delaware, associate professor at Pennsylvania State University, and professor at Marshall University.
Julie Fox, director of strategic initiatives and urban engagement, will serve as the interim LOD director. The goal is to have a new LOD director in place by October 1, 2019. Jackie Kirby Wilkins, director of Operations, will lead the national search committee. More information will be shared as it is available.