BROOKINGS, S.D. - South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension has expanded its Community Vitality programming with the latest addition of Leigh Neys to the Aberdeen Regional Extension Center. As a Community Vitality Field Specialist, Neys will provide leadership in building mutual learning relationships with community citizens and leaders. In addition to her administrative role, she is an adjunct professor at Northern State University in the School of Education and is a founder of a career coaching business.
Prior to SDSU, Neys worked at Northern State University as Director of International Programs. She holds a doctorate in organization leadership, policy and development from the University of Minnesota.
“Our Community Vitality team is thrilled to add Leigh’s expertise and connections to our service to communities across South Dakota,” says Kari O’Neill, SDSU Extension Community Vitality Program Manager. “Her location in the northeast will add strength for the many rural communities in that region.”
Neys says she was drawn to the position because of the “ability to work with community and business leaders to help them meet their goals and enhance their human capital.”
“There’s a lot of exciting development happening in the northeast region of the state, and I look forward to building my network and utilizing SDSU’s resources to connect our communities with the latest research, training, tools and technology,” Neys says.