Rose Hayden-Smith, PhD is the Longview Engagement Associate for Communication and Digital Strategy. She is an Emeritus University of California Cooperative Extension advisor. A former Kellogg Food and Society Policy Fellow, her national advocacy work focuses on encouraging a national effort to promote school, home, and community garden and urban agriculture efforts. She created the UC Food Observer, a communications platform in support of UC’s Global Food Initiative. Rose directed the 4-H program in Ventura County for many years, coordinated the Master Gardener program, and also served as the office’s first female county director. She served as the Strategic Initiative Leader in Sustainable Food Systems for UC Agriculture & Natural Resources. Rose was recognized for her work promoting sustainability in the food system by UC Davis, receiving its Bradford-Rominger award. An author and practicing U.S. historian, Rose has published a book on victory gardens of the past and the potential of that model to inform current public policy. In “retirement”, she is working with Extension Foundation, focusing on technology in Extension education and digital engagement strategy. She lives in Southern California.
Rose earned a BA English, MA Education/Reading, MA in US History, and PhD in US History, all from the University of California Santa Barbara.
Eric Dunker, PhD is the Longview Engagement Associate for Business Strategy. He currently serves as the Associate Vice President of Dean of Business, Technology, and Workforce Partnerships at Arapahoe Community College in Colorado. Backed by 16 years of full-time experience in higher education at land grants and community colleges, Eric leads the programming and partnership efforts for the innovative Sturm Collaboration Campus in the South-Denver area and leads ACC’s workforce development team.
This unique campus is centered around engagement across the talent pipeline ecosystem and recently earned the Colorado Economic Development Partnership of the year. Committed to robust work-based learning models in higher education, Eric and his team led the development of several successful apprenticeship programs that have been co-created with robust private/public partnerships that have earned over $1 million in grant funding. Eric’s work in Colorado is underscored by his team’s engagement-first approach and recently cultivated the largest private philanthropic gift in the history of the Colorado Community College System ($10 million from the Sturm Family Foundation).
Eric’s engagement experience includes serving as the Coastal Regional Director for Oregon State University Outreach & Engagement division where he implemented new strategic initiatives for Extension, formed new industry and community partnerships, and worked alongside community and industry stakeholders to leverage the full complement of OSU resources. Eric was recognized as a Distinguished Partner in Innovation from the division in 2017. Prior to his experience at Oregon State, Eric worked for an urban, Hispanic Serving Institution in downtown Denver in several capacities, including directing extended campuses, assessment programs, and academic support services.
Eric earned his Bachelors in Business Administration from Bucknell University, Masters in Higher Education Administration from Colorado State University, and PhD from the University of Denver in Curriculum & Instruction.
Lou Swanson, PhD Principal
Dr. Swanson retired from Colorado State University in September 2019 and is now Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Emeritus Vice President for Engagement. His retirement academic engagement and extension projects include among several the creation Longview Engagement Associates with Dr. Scott Reed, working with North American Agricultural Advisory Network (CSU-System), and collaboration with Anhui Agricultural University (China) on university-based Extension. Prior to retirement Dr. Swanson’s academic career focused on US agriculture and rural public policy. Between 1980 and 1997 he was on the faculty in the Department of Sociology in the College of Agriculture at the University of Kentucky. In 1997 he became Chair of Sociology at CSU and later served as Associate Dean for Research in the College of Liberal Arts. In 2006 he became the first VP of Engagement and served in this capacity until his retirement (including Director of CSU Extension from 2010-2019). He received his BA in Political Science at St. Andrews Presbyterian College, a Master of Technology in International Development at North Carolina State University, and a Ph.D. in Rural Sociology at Pennsylvania State University. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tunisia, as a Resident Fellow at Resources for the Future, and in 2009 was recognized as an Outstanding Alumni in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State University. He has written numerous journal articles and book chapters and has authored or co-authored six books on agriculture and rural communities in the United States.
Scott Reed, PhD Principal
Dr. A. Scott Reed (Scott) is a career Extension educator trained as a forester and economist. He began in the private sector where he discovered the value of partnerships and engagement with university faculty. Scott initially spent ten years at the University of Minnesota where he began as an extension specialist in timber harvesting and economic development before stepping into leadership positions of Extension Program Leader and Coordinator of a branch facility in northern Minnesota. Moving to Oregon State University in 1990, he served as Executive Associate Dean and Extension Leader in the College of Forestry before becoming Dean and Director of the OSU Extension Service in 2005. In his last 10 years last Before retiring in 2019, he was Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement. Sincere retiring, he joined the Extension Foundation as a catalyst to help accelerate early stage, high potential Extension projects and along with Dr. Lou Swanson, established Longview Engagement Associates. His career accomplishments include authoring and/or or leading more than 80 publications, books and symposia. More than 20 organizations have honored Scott for his work, including recognition in 2018 with the coveted Ruby Award from the Joint Council of Extension Professionals. Scott holds BS and MS degrees from Michigan State University and a PhD from University of Minnesota.