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Talks at Twelve: Andrew Turner, Thursday, May 12, 2016

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Exploring the Building Blocks of Disruptive Innovation in Cornell Cooperative Extension
Andrew Turner, New York 4-H Youth Development

Thursday, May 12, 2016
12:00-1:00 PM
Beebe Hall, 2nd floor conference room



Cooperative Extension faces significant challenges as it attempts to adapt core business principles to a rapidly-changing 21st century landscape. Disruptive Innovation is a powerful organizational change theory that emerged in the private sector but is now being increasingly applied to social-sector organizations. In his talk Andy will present the results of his recently completed dissertation study which explored programmatic innovation in Cornell Cooperative Extension through the lens of Disruptive Innovation. The purpose of the study was to determine if there are common building blocks supporting and sustaining disruptive type innovation in Extension. The results of the study, and the potential implications for Cooperative Extension, will be explored and discussed.

Andy Turner leads the New York State 4-H Youth Development program in the BCTR for Cornell Cooperative Extension. He joined the campus-based Extension leadership in 2012 after serving 23 years as a county educator and executive director. Advancing environmental education and sustainability, and applying a facilitative leadership style towards organizational change and innovation are two consistent themes throughout his career. Andy earned his bachelor's and master's from Cornell University and has just recently completed his Ed.D in executive leadership from St. John Fisher College. Andy is a third-generation Cooperative Extension professional with numerous family connections to Cornell and Ithaca.

 

This talk is open to all. Lunch will be served. Metered parking is available in the Plantations lot across the road from Beebe Hall. No registration or RSVP required except for groups of 5 or more. We ask that larger groups email Patty at pmt6@cornell.edu letting us know of your plans to attend so that we can order enough lunch.

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Andy Turner appointed New York State 4-H leader

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news-turner-inpostAndrew Turner has been appointed to the position of State Leader for the 4-H Youth Development Program, starting August 1, 2014. Mr. Turner has been serving as the interim 4-H State Leader since January 2014, after the departure of Dr. Valerie Adams-Bass from Cornell, who held the position for two years. Turner began his tenure at Cornell in 2012, as an Assistant Director for Cornell Cooperative Extension(CCE), after a 23-year career with CCE as an educator in 4-H Youth Development, Natural Resources and Executive Director in Greene and Columbia Counties.

The State 4-H Leader works with a team of seven specialist and support staff located in the BCTR and in close partnership with the Director of Cooperative Extension in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Mr. Turner grew up in the small town of Leicester in Livingston County, New York and was a 4-H member as a child, attributing his later career interest in environmental science to his experiences in 4-H. Turner attained his Bachelors and Masters degree from Cornell, both in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He is currently a candidate for a Doctorate in Executive Leadership from the Ralph C. Wilson School of Education at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY.

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