The Communications and Marketing Committee (CMC) is a standing committee of APLU’s Board on Agriculture Assembly (BAA) Policy Board of Directors. The CMC oversees and guides the educational effort to increase awareness of the land-grant universities’ agricultural and related programs, Agricultural Experiment Stations, and Cooperative Extension Services. The CMC is supported by three sections of the BAA: Administrative Heads, Cooperative Extension, and Experiment Station.




JF Meullenet (SAAESD)
Associate Vice President for Agriculture Research & Director of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station
University of Arkansas



Nancy Cox (Southern AHS)
Vice President for Land-grant Engagement and Dean
University of Kentucky



Karla Trautman (NCCEA)
Extension Director
South Dakota State University


Communications Representative, 1890s

Latasha Ford
Research Communications Specialist
College of Agriculture, Family Sciences and Technology

Fort Valley State University

Communications Representative, Southern Region

Frankie Gould
Associate Vice President & Professor
LSU AgCenter
Louisiana State University

Communications Representative, Western Region

Jennifer Alexander
Director, Extension Communications
Oregon State University

Communications Representative, North Central Region

Michelle Enger
Communications Director
College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
University of Missouri

Communications Representative, Northeast Region

Stacey Stearns
Extension Program Specialist

University of Connecticut

Academic Programs Section

Cynda Clary
Associate Dean

Ferguson College of Agriculture
Oklahoma State University

Council on Governmental Affairs

Anne Megaro
Government and Community Relations Director

University of California

Association for Communication Excellence

Elizabeth Gregory North
Head, Extension Ag Communications

Mississippi State University




Administrative Heads Section Executive Director

Doug Steele
Vice President, Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources
Association of Public and Land-grant Universities

Communications and Partnerships Assistant Vice President

Andrea Putman
AVP, Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources
Association of Public and Land-grant Universities

Executive Vice-Chair

Rick Rhodes
Associate Dean, Research and Outreach

Associate Director, RI Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension
University of Rhode Island

Assistant Executive Vice-Chair

David Leibovitz
Coordinator, Northeastern Regional Association
University of Rhode Island


Kim Scotto
Senior Associate, Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources
Association of Public and Land-grant Universities

International Agriculture Section

Manoj Shukla
Professor and Director, ACES Global Program and Aggies Go Global
College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
New Mexico State University

National Institute of Food and Agriculture Liasion

Faith Peppers
Director of Communications
National Institute of Food and Agriculture