Finalists for MSU Extension executive director to hold candidate forums Aug. 27-29


BOZEMAN — Three finalists for the position of executive director of Montana State University Extension will interview on campus Aug. 27, Aug. 28 and Aug. 29. Each candidate will hold an open forum at 9 a.m. in Room 233 of the Strand Union Building. The finalists and the dates of their open forums are:

Suzanne Stluka

Suzanne Stluka, food and families program leader with South Dakota State University Extension, will engage in an open forum on Monday, Aug. 27. Stluka’s CV is available at


Cody Stone

Cody Stone, interim executive director of MSU Extension, will engage in an open forum on Tuesday, Aug. 28. Stone’s CV is available at


Eric P. Webster

Eric P. Webster, assistant regional director, southwest region; director, Iberia Research Station; and Florence Avalon Daggett Professor of Rice Research at Louisiana State University, will engage in an open forum on Wednesday, Aug. 29. Webster’s CV is available at

The forums will also be available to view via a live web stream at To view the session remotely, individuals are asked to download the Adobe Connect Add In prior to the session. The download for Windows is available at The download for Mac is available at More information about the live stream is available by contacting Jay Van Voast at 406-994-5638 or or Millie Veltkamp at 406-994-4291 or

Miley Gonzalez, chair of the search committee and vice provost of the MSU Office of International Programs, invites students, faculty, staff and community members to participate and provide input in this phase of the search process for the next leader of MSU Extension. 

Individuals attending or viewing the open forums may submit feedback about the finalists through an online survey. Surveys will open at 8 a.m. the date of each open forum and close before 8 a.m. the following day. The survey links for feedback about each of the candidates follow.

MSU Extension has a field faculty staff of 90 Extension agents representing every county in the state and five Native American reservations with 50 specialized faculty and professional staff located in Bozeman and other locations. Program offerings include agriculture, energy and natural resources, 4-H and youth development, family and consumer sciences, and community and economic development. MSU Extension programs focus on bringing university research and services to local communities via county agents with support from statewide specialists. For additional information, visit

Contact: Miley Gonzalez, vice provost of the MSU Office of International Programs and search committee chair, 406-994-5325 or

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