WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Angela Abbott, leader of Purdue
Extension’s health and human sciences program, has been appointed associate
director of Purdue Extension.
The appointment, effective immediately, was announced by
Extension Director Jason Henderson.
“Angie’s ability to build first-class Extension programs
through collaborative networks of federal, state and county stakeholders will
help forge Extension for the 21st century,” Henderson said. “Her willingness to
reach across boundaries and build true partnerships will bring additional
cohesion and integration in Extension programs.”
Abbott will be responsible for enhancing the integration and
cohesion of Extension staff support and communication throughout the
organization. She also will maintain leadership of the health and human sciences
In addition, Abbott will lead the newly formed Director’s
Office, created to coordinate and manage projects that cross the entire
Extension organization. She joins three other program leaders: Lionel “Bo”
Beaulieu, who oversees the economic and community development program, Renee
McKee, 4-H and youth development; and Michael Schutz, agriculture and natural
Abbott, a registered dietitian, has helped design numerous
programs to educate the people of Indiana about the importance of proper
nutrition. She currently is involved in two multi-state U.S. Department of
Agriculture-funded teams from the North Central region working on integrated
research and Extension projects.
One grant is to implement a community development model of
Extension intervention to prevent childhood obesity; the other is to develop
local food policy councils in rural communities to improve food security.
Prior to her role as program leader for Purdue Extension in
the College of Health and Human Sciences, Abbott directed the Supplemental
Nutrition Assistance Program education program and Expanded Food and Nutrition
Education program for Purdue Extension. The programs provide nutrition education
to limited-resource people in Indiana.
Abbott has been at Purdue since 1999.