Zuiches, James J.

James J. Zuiches

James J. Zuiches recently retired (12/31/2011) as Vice Chancellor for Extension, Engagement, and Economic Development at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. He was appointed in 2006 and led statewide extension and engagement programs including the Small Business Technology and Development Center, Industrial Extension Service and Manufacturing Extension Partnership, STEM outreach programs, Cooperative Extension, General H. Hugh Shelton Leadership Center, The McKimmon Center for Extension and Continuing Education, the Economic Development Partnership Office, and engagement programs in every college. In 2011, the extension, outreach, engagement and public service programs exceeded $110 million in federal, state, and grant funded support.

Zuiches had previously served for 20 years (1986-2006) as an administrator and faculty member at Washington State University, specifically as director of the Agricultural Research Center and as dean of the College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Resource Sciences. In 2001, he created the Safe Food Initiative, which was funded at $7.5 million per biennium by the State of Washington. While on leave, he served as a W. K. Kellogg Foundation program officer for community and economic development from 1994-1995. Previous positions were at Cornell University (1982-86) as associate director of the Agricultural Experiment Station, as Sociology program director at the National Science Foundation (1979-82), and as faculty member at Michigan State University (1971-79).

He served as President of the Rural Sociological Society (1992-93) and was elected chair of the national association of U.S. agricultural deans (2001-02). Zuiches also served on the design team that created an executive leadership program called the Food Systems Leadership Institute, funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and land-grant universities, and he currently serves on the oversight Commission. NC State University is the lead university of the Institute.