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Published December 19, 2011, 05:09 PM

Hauck steps down, helps in transition

The leader of North Dakota State University's Extension Service in Fargo is stepping down. Extension service director Duane Hauck officially retires Dec. 30, will return in January part-time in a 40 percent assignment. A national search for a permanent director is under way.

By: Mikkel Pates, Agweek

FARGO, N.D. — Duane Hauck, North Dakota State University Extension Service will officially retire Dec. 30, but will come back part-time in January on a 40 percent assignment.

A national search for a permanent director is underway. The university also is seeking internal applicants for an interim position.

Search under way

Hauck announced his retirement plan in the spring. After a new provost was named, the extension search process started in September.

In his part-time, temporary role, Hauck says he’ll help assemble budget initiatives for extension, based on the SBARE input. He says county Extension Service offices will be holding local listening sessions with county commissioners, legislators and others.

Hauck also will work on a renovation project with the Western 4-H Camp near Washburn, N.D. The North Dakota 4-H Foundation is planning to undertake a capital campaign for its buildings. Hauck will help spearhead the effort, with a short-term goal of $750,000 to retrofit existing buildings, with handicapped accessibility, heating and cooling issues. The long-range goal is to build a year-round 4-H conference center, for overnight lodging and dining. That’s a $3.8 million to $4 million goal.

Hauck says 2012 is the 150th anniversary of the passing of the Morrill Act, which established the land- grant college and university system around the country. He says some kind of commemoration will happen in spring and summer 2012.

The extension director reports to the NDSU vice president for agriculture. When Myron Johnsrud was extension director in the late 1980s the position reported directly to the university president.