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Ira L. Ellis (1996)

Ira L. Ellis attended his first National Public Policy Education Conference in 1985 in Kerrville, Texas. Two years later, he hosted the conference in Kennebunkport, Maine. Ellis holds degrees from Columbia International University in Columbia, South Carolina and Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Chicago. He joined the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service in 1971, serving until his retirement last year.
Ellis was Maine's representative to the Northeast Public Policy Education Committee from 1981 to 1994. He served as chair of the Northeast committee in 1991-92 and as chair of the National Public Policy Education Committee in 1992. He is the only county Extension educator to hold this position. Ellis spent much of his Extension career helping citizens better understand controversial issues. He provided key leadership in public issues related to the conflicts between fishereis and hydro power development. He was recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy for his innovative energy conservation programming. Ellis served as a key program resource person for Penn State Cooperative Extension, the Palmetto Leadership Development Project, the Maine Rural Development Council and the Maine Pathways from Poverty Project. Ellis spent a sabbatical leave with the University of Alaska addressing critical public issues generated by the Exxon Valdez oil spill. He continues to provide leadership on public issues education throughout New England.




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