Michael Lambur, associate director for program development for Virginia Cooperative Extension in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of associate director emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The emeritus title may be conferred on retired professors, associate professors, and administrative officers who are specially recommended to the board by Virginia Tech President Tim Sands in recognition of exemplary service to the university. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board receive a copy of the resolution and a certificate of appreciation.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 2012, Lambur taught countless students, agents, and specialists to develop effective Extension programs. He was instrumental in the development and success of the nationwide eXtension Initiative, serving as an evaluation and research leader and helped connect communities of practice throughout land-grant universities.

In addition, Lambur initiated a new approach to Extension programming called Community Learning through Data Driven Discovery with colleagues from the University of Virginia, Oregon State University, and Iowa State University. This approach has the potential of increasing Extension’s effectiveness and utility at the state and local level and to develop new partners nationally.

Lambur received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Michigan State University.

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