Writer: Julene Reese, 435-797-0810
Contact: Brandon Monson, 435-797-2208
July 17, 2014
New Development Officers Named for USU Extension, CAAS
Development officers were recently named for Utah State University Extension and the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences (CAAS). Michelle Merrill was named associate director of development for USU Extension and CAAS, and Sally Tauber was named director of development for the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter in Park City. The Swaner EcoCenter was given as a gift to USU in 2010 and has had an ongoing partnership with USU Extension since that time.
Merrill’s primary responsibilities are in development and fundraising for USU Extension, 4-H youth programs and the School of Veterinary Medicine. She was recently the community outreach and operations director for Community Abuse Prevention Services Agency (CAPSA) in Logan where she worked for more than 4 years. She has a bachelor of science degree in journalism and communications from USU.
Tauber will focus on development opportunities in Park City and surrounding counties for the Swaner EcoCenter to secure financial support to further the mission of the non-profit center. She has worked at the Swaner EcoCenter for 5.5 years as director of business development with responsibilities for marketing, facility rentals, local business relationships and advancement support. She has a degree in therapeutic recreation from the University of Utah, and has previously worked for non-profit and for-profit organizations.
According to Brandon Monson, executive director of development for CAAS, the addition of the development officers will enhance the efforts to provide supplementary resources for Extension and CAAS.
“This will be a way to help augment financial capital that will in turn provide additional programs to our Utah citizens,” he said. “The increased efforts will help fund scholarships, 4-H youth programs, the master gardener program, Thanksgiving Point and Swaner EcoCenter programs, the USU Botanical Center and the School of Veterinary Medicine.”
Ken White, vice president for USU Extension and dean of CAAS, said the new appointments will be beneficial in providing needed opportunities in Extension and CAAS programming.
“Sally and Michelle bring valuable skills to our development efforts and will provide important emphasis to enhancing the resources available to grow Extension programs and expand student scholarships and resources in the USU School of Veterinary Medicine.”