CORVALLIS — Oregon State University has named an interim director of outreach and extension programs, overseeing a network of service and research centers in every county across the state.

Anita Azarenko will take over as interim Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement and director of OSU Extension Service beginning July 7. She replaces Scott Reed, who will retire on July 31.

Azarenko has held several leadership roles in her 30-plus years at OSU. For the past three years, she has served as associate vice president for university facilities, infrastructure and operations — responsible for maintenance, operations, renovations and construction.

Azarenko has also led the the Department of Horticulture, served as associate dean for the graduate school and worked as a special assistant to the vice president for finance and administration.

"Anita's impressive leadership experience in OSU academic and administrative units makes her uniquely qualified to lead the university's efforts to provide all Oregonians and their communities with localized engagement services and education programs offered through OSU Extension and 4-H," said OSU Provost and Executive Vice President Ed Feser.

Neither Azarenko nor Reed could immediately be reached for comment.

OSU Extension Service is built around seven primary program areas, including 4-H youth development, family and community health, agriculture, forestry, OSU open campus, Outdoor School and Oregon Sea Grant, which provides resources about marine and coastal resources.

Every county in Oregon has at least one OSU Extension Service location. The university also maintains 14 agricultural research and experiment stations from the coast to the high desert, and seven forest research laboratories.

The state is broken into six administrative regions, each led by a regional director. The vice provost of university outreach and engagement is at the top of the organizational chart.

Azarenko will serve while the university conducts a national search to replace Reed.

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