Dr. Teresa McCoy is Appointed as Director of the Learning and Organizational Development Unit

Dec. 10, 2019

Dr. Teresa McCoy has been appointed as the director of the Learning and Organizational Development (LOD) unit for Ohio State University Extension. Teresa will begin her position in Ohio in early January 2020.

Teresa was most recently with the University of Maryland Extension (UME), where she has been the assistant director, UME, Evaluation & Assessment since August 2008. She comes to Ohio State with a long-term commitment to higher education outreach and Cooperative Extension. Teresa served as a member of the UME leadership team with responsibilities in program development and evaluation, situational analysis, strategic planning, and organization development. In Maryland, she worked closely with Extension educators to teach them program development and evaluation practices that resulted in evidence to demonstrate outcomes.

Prior to moving to Maryland, Teresa was in Lorain County, Ohio, for eight years. While there, she was executive director of the Public Services Institute at Lorain County Community College. The Institute provided research-based information and other services to improve nonprofits and local government in the county.

Teresa started her career in Virginia Cooperative Extension, first as a research assistant while in school and later as an Extension specialist in leadership and program development. Her evaluation interest was kindled in 1988, when she served as an evaluation assistant on a Kellogg-funded technology project. She also served as an assistant editor for the Journal of Extension during the first two years as the Journal moved to electronic format.

Teresa earned her BA and MPA (Master’s in Public Administration) from Virginia Tech. While in Maryland, she earned a graduate certificate in adult education at Johns Hopkins University and completed her Doctorate in Public Administration (DPA) at the University of Baltimore. Teresa also is a 2019 graduate of Lead 21.

Teresa and her husband, Jim, enjoy cooking, traveling, biking, and watching college football. They look forward to being Buckeyes and attending games at the Horseshoe!

We look forward to the leadership Teresa will provide to our LOD unit and our entire team of OSU Extension professionals! Teresa’s expertise in developing and evaluating programs, building the capacity of faculty and staff, and demonstrating the significant impact of Extension work will help us keep OSU Extension moving forward effectively and poised to make many more positive impacts on the lives of all Ohioans.