Katie Tyler has taken the role of program director for the North Dakota State University’s Rural Leadership North Dakota, as well as joined as an Extension specialist.

Tyler’s background in higher education administration made her the ideal candidate for leading the new program. Prior to her taking over the reins of Rural Leadership North Dakota, she also played a role as a 4-H youth development specialist with North Dakota State University Extension. The position gave her a vast background of knowledge about not only Extension, but what rural North Dakota looks like as well.

“Katie comes with 15 years of experience in higher education and Extension and brings a diverse set of skills to the position,” said Carrie Johnson, interim assistant director and family and community wellness program leader. “I look forward to working with her to expand RLND and other leadership and civic engagement programs throughout the state.”

According to Tyler, this position offers her a unique fit that brings in both her passions for leadership as well as the overall mission of extension. In her new role Tyler will help lead interactive and meaningful seminars that rural North Dakotans can attend.

These seminars are to help better their leadership skills, which will ultimately help strengthen their rural communities. The Rural Leadership North Dakota program is an 18-month program.

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“Community vitality within small communities is important in a sense that we want our small communities to be vibrant and to keep up with today’s world. Having those passionate people within communities that support development is important. Rural Leadership North Dakota helps in several ways with that. With not only developing group leaders, but providing a program that they implement within their communities,” Tyler said.

Rural leadership North Dakota council chair Barry Medd is excited to see Tyler in this new role and to watch her have a positive impact on the Rural Leadership North Dakota program.

“Rural Leadership North Dakota has a strong tradition of enhancing the leadership roles of program participants in North Dakota,” he said. “I am excited for Katie to bring her energy and enthusiasm to RLND to ensure a strong future and continuation of excellence.”