Iowa State University

James Melsa, College of Engineering, (515) 294-5935
Edwin Lewis, Provost's Office, (515) 294-5884
Steve Jones, News Service, (515) 294-4778


AMES, Iowa -- Four candidates for the position of Iowa State University vice provost for extension will visit campus in May. Each candidate also will travel to an Iowa town to visit with extension and community leaders.

The candidates are Carol L. Anderson, associate director, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.; David E. Foster, associate vice president for agriculture extension, University of Arkansas, Little Rock; Nolan R. Hartwig, interim vice provost for extension, Iowa State; and Mylo A. Hellickson, director of the Cooperative Extension Service, South Dakota State University, Brookings.

The vice provost vacancy was created in June, when Robert Anderson resigned to teach in ISU's electrical and computer engineering department.

The vice provost for extension plays a major role in coordinating and administering ISU's outreach effort, working closely with the provost, vice provost for research and the deans of the eight colleges to integrate that effort with teaching and research programs.

An open forum during each candidate's visit to an Iowa community will be televised on the Iowa Communications Network. Viewers wishing to participate in the open forums and ask questions of each candidate should contact their local county extension offices for an ICN site in their areas. The ISU campus community can view the open forums for Hellickson, Foster and Hartwig at the ICN classroom in 147 Lagomarcino Hall. The Ames-area ICN site for Anderson's open forum May 24 will be Ames High School's ICN Room.

The open forum schedule is:

  • May 7, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Hellickson, from Mason City

  • May 10, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Foster, from Ottumwa

  • May 17, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Hartwig, from Cedar Rapids

  • May 24, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Anderson, from Atlantic


    Mylo A. Hellickson has held various faculty and administrative positions at South Dakota State University since 1969. He has been director of the Cooperative Extension Service since 1989. He was acting director from 1988 to 1989. He also was acting director of the Water Resources Institute from 1990 to 1994. Hellickson is on the agricultural engineering faculty at SDSU, and he was department head from 1982 to 1988.

    Hellickson earned a B.S. (1964) and an M.S. (1966) in agricultural engineering from North Dakota State University, Fargo, and a Ph.D. in engineering from the University of West Virginia, Morgantown.


    David E. Foster has been associate vice president for agriculture- extension at the University of Arkansas since 1990. He was head of the University of Arkansas Department of Entomology from 1988 to 1989 and was associate director of the Cooperative Extension Service from 1989 to 1990. Foster was a faculty member in the Iowa State entomology department from 1980 to 1988. He also has held faculty positions at the University of Idaho, Moscow; University of Kentucky, Lexington; and Texas Tech University, Lubbock.

    Foster earned a B.S. (1967) at Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kan., and an M.S. (1969) and a Ph.D. (1973) from the University of Idaho.


    Nolan R. Hartwig has been at Iowa State since 1983. He was professor-in-charge of extension veterinary medicine from 1983 to 1994 and interim director of extension to agriculture from 1994 to 1995. Prior to coming to Iowa State, he was an extension veterinarian and a faculty member in the veterinary preventive medicine department at Ohio State University, Columbus. He also has worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and operated his own private veterinary medicine practice.

    Hartwig received a D.V.M. (1964) from Iowa State and an M.S. (1973) in veterinary preventive medicine from Ohio State.


    Carol L. Anderson joined the faculty at Cornell in 1980. In addition to her Cooperative Extension position, she is assistant dean of extension and outreach for the College of Human Ecology and an associate professor of human development and family studies. She also served on the child development faculty and was an extension human development specialist at Iowa State from 1969 to 1979.

    Anderson received a B.S. (1965) and an M.S. (1969) in family and consumer sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Ph.D. (1976) in family and consumer sciences from Iowa State.