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Irvin W. Skelton (1997)

"Irv" Skelton's contributions to public issues education have been in the form of wise advice to policy educators and their organizations, his strong administrative support, and his liaison role between extension administration, USDA, Farm Foundation and the policy education community. Skelton received a B.S. in Agri-Business from the University of Wyoming, a M.Ed in Extension Education from Colorado State University, and a Ph.D. in Agronomy from the University of Wyoming. During his 37 year extension career, Skelton had a number of positions ranging from the county level to the state level administrative positions in Wyoming, New Mexico, and Alaska. He retired from the University of Alaska in June 1997. Skelton served as Administrative Advisor for the Western Public Policy Committee and as a member of the National Public Policy Education Committee from 1987-1996. He has kept participants involved in meetings with his quick wit, in depth comments and critiques. He asks the tough questions and encourages educators to view public issues as both an educational process and a public service. He has functioned as a mentor and as a taskmaster.




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