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Purdue Extension director leaving

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Purdue University College of Agriculture

Dr. Chuck Hibberd is leaving to accept the Extension Service director job at the University of Nebraska. He begins the job October 1st and returns to the university where he received his bachelor’s degree and previously worked.

Hibberd began at Purdue in 2007 and oversees a $50 million annual budget; offices in each of Indiana’s 92 counties; and roughly 500 campus and county-based Extension faculty and staff members.

While at Purdue, Hibberd helped fight a 15% funding cut during the last budget cycle and initiated a new community sustainability effort for Extension. He also serves as an associate dean of agriculture and an assistant vice president of engagement on the West Lafayette campus.

Hibberd was director of the University of Nebraska Panhandle center at Scottsbluff for 13 years.

He received his bachelor's degree in agriculture, with an animal science major and his master's and Ph.D. degrees from Oklahoma State University in animal science and animal nutrition, respectively. He was a faculty member at OSU from 1982-94.

UNL Extension, with a network of 83 offices serving Nebraska's 93 counties, is part of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. It also administers the 4-H program.