OSU’s ATI announces new director

Access, affordability and excellence are three major reasons the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute’s incoming director sought the position.

Kristina M. Boone, Communications and Agricultural Education department head in the College of Agriculture at Kansas State University, will start her new role with ATI April 1, 2017.

Located in Wooster, ATI is an associate degree-granting institute within The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. ATI provides smooth entry into the college, with all credits transferring for those who wish to pursue a four-year degree.

“The radical concept of a lanPhoto of Kris Booned-grant university is that of accessibility, and ATI reflects this like no other institution,” Boone said. First-generation college students make up 62% of ATI’s student population, and 35% are identified as low income. As with other regional Ohio State campuses, ATI’s tuition is lower than that on the Columbus campus, making it more affordable.

The measures of student success, the access to internships and the hands-on learning opportunities all point to excellence, Boone said.

Boone received her MS and PhD from Ohio State in agricultural communication and extension education, respectively, and her undergraduate degree from Texas Tech. She served as a watershed extension agent with Ohio State University Extension and co-led a water education program during her graduate program.

“I’m excited about returning to Ohio State University in this new and different capacity. The campus is well positioned because of the strategic planning initiatives,” she said.

As ATI director, Boone will be responsible for managing administrative, human and financial resources. She will provide leadership for all programmatic and administrative functions, including on-campus teaching, emerging e-learning instruction, research, service, engagement, marketing, student services and student recruitment.

ATI’s curriculum includes general and basic studies, experiential learning and a paid industry internship. It is the largest institution of its kind in the country, offering 26 programs of study.

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