La Follette School staff member David Wright-Racette will serve on search and screen committee for the next dean and director for UW–Madison’s Division of Extension. Wright-Racette is the La Follette School’s student status examiner senior.
The committee, led by Jed Colquhoun of the Department of Horticulture, will help identify and select candidates to lead the statewide organization that recently reunited with UW–Madison. Karl Martin is serving as the interim dean and director of Extension; applications are due January 17.
After nearly 50 years as part of a separate unit within the University of Wisconsin System, the Division of Extension partners with communities to extend and apply the university’s research, education, and practice-based knowledge to help solve problems and foster learning.
The dean will report to the provost through the vice provost for extension and public media, and will be responsible for providing creative, inspiring leadership to more than 700 faculty and staff located in 72 county offices, five tribal nations and several UW System campuses. The dean will oversee an annual budget of approximately $80 million.
Wright-Racette joined the La Follette School staff in February 2017 and this fall was promoted to student status examiner senior.
“David displays a strong commitment to the mission and vision of the La Follette School and to the University,” said Mo O’Connor, the La Follette School’s admissions and advising coordinator. “He operates from a place of great efficiency and is able to suggest process improvements that benefit our many academic programs.”
Earlier this year, he received the Student Personnel Association (SPA) Frontline Award. SPA is a Madison-area association of current and aspiring higher education professionals that facilitates collaboration and networking to support one another and enhance the student experience.
Wright-Racette earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from UW–Madison in 2014. As an undergraduate, he interned for two years in the Wisconsin State Senate and after graduation he joined Wisconsin Farmers Union as its policy organizer.