Bartholomew County Extension Educator Kris Medic has been named interim county extension director for the Purdue Cooperative Extension office.
Medic takes over for Erika Bonnett, who was recently promoted to a statewide role with Purdue University working on the Lafayette campus as the 4-H science specialist.
Bonnett’s new job will be to help develop programs and curriculum related to the STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math — for 4-H participants that she will share with each county’s extension office.
Medic’s appointment was made by Natalie Fowler, Southeast District director for Purdue Extension.
“There are certain administrative things that the county extension director takes care of, and it’s pretty routine,” Medic said. “The interim job is a great opportunity to try on a position and see how it works, and I’m honored to be asked.”
Medic will continue to serve as extension educator for agriculture, natural resources, and economic and community development.
Medic, who worked eight years as director of park operations for the city of Columbus, said the facility development skills she learned in that role will be an asset in the interim position.
Extension educators are employees of Purdue University.