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Randy Showerman, associate professor in the Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies, was named director of the Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT) in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) at Michigan State University.


Source: Michigan State University, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Contact: Eileen Gianiodis at 517-432-1555, ext. 230

 

Showerman Tapped to Lead CANR’s Institute of Agricultural Technology


Randy Showerman, associate professor in the Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies, was named director of the Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT) in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) at Michigan State University.

In this newly revised role, Showerman will oversee and coordinate the operations of the instructional programs of IAT, including on-campus certificate and special programs as well as off-campus credit and noncredit programs. Additionally, he will provide guidance on recommendations for admissions and work with departments, deans and directors on implementing program change. Showerman will also lead the Academic Orientation Programs for IAT students.

“I’m looking forward to providing leadership for the current IAT Team while enhancing the current programs and expanding into new areas as the needs arise,” Showerman said. “The position provides me with an opportunity to give back to the IAT for all it did for me personally when I was a student in the program.” Vance Baird, chair of the IAT Directorate and the Department of Horticulture, said Showerman’s experience as the state supervisor for agriculture, food and natural resources education and as the FFA adviser will be a great benefit and can work to usher more students into IAT programs.

“The Institute of Agricultural Technology is a great way for college students of all ages to gain valuable experiences with MSU faculty, as well as earn a two-year certificate for a career in the industry that feeds Michigan and the world, and improves our quality of life,” Baird said.

Showerman earned his doctoral degree in agriculture and extension education from MSU in 1994. Additionally, he earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees from MSU. He joined the faculty at MSU as an instructor in 1989 and was named an associate professor in 1994. Prior to his work at MSU, Showerman taught agriculture science at Breckenridge Community Schools in Breckenridge, Mich. He lives in Fowlerville, Mich. Showerman’s office will remain at 302 Natural Resources. Contact him via email at showerma@msu.edu or phone at 517-353-3562.