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June 6, 2007

Purdue endowment to honor director, fund Extension development

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - An endowment to honor the retiring director of the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service will impact its 500-plus employees for years to come.

The David Petritz Endowment for Extension, established by Purdue Agriculture, will be used to pay for educational and professional development opportunities for Purdue Extension educators and staff members throughout Indiana.

"Dave's top priority has always been making sure Purdue Extension educators have the tools they need to serve Indiana citizens," said Randy Woodson, the Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture. "I can't think of a better way to honor him than with this endowment."

Woodson said changing technologies and the increasing cost of travel and educational opportunities make this kind of funding particularly important for those working with Purdue Extension clients across the state.

Petritz retires at the end of June and a national search is under way for his replacement. In his nearly 35-year Purdue career, he has served as a Purdue Extension specialist, agricultural and natural resources program leader, and for the past eight years as director. The money will be distributed at the discretion of the newly appointed director.

"I feel very strongly about the people within the Extension family and in their ability to resolve issues in their local communities. Their continuous professional development is key to helping them provide timely expertise," Petritz said. "Anything I can do to help them is just a small payback for what they've given me, Purdue and the people of Indiana."

People interested in contributing to the David Petritz Endowment for Extension should contact the Purdue Agriculture Development Office, Room 108 Pfendler Hall, 715 W. State St., West Lafayette, IN 47907-2061. For more information about the endowment, call (765) 494-8672 or (800) 718-0094 or e-mail

Farm broadcaster and long-time friend Max Armstrong said Petritz has reached well beyond campus and into each of Indiana's 92 counties, touching lives ranging from the 4-H member in one of the state's most populous cities to a cow/calf producer in one of the most rural counties.

"In the more than three decades I have known him, I have found no one who is more dedicated to Purdue and its patrons than Dave Petritz," Armstrong said. "His outreach on behalf of Purdue has been energetic and tireless."

Writer: Beth Forbes, (765) 494-2722,

Source: Jeff Demerly, (765) 494-8672,

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Beth Forbes,
Agriculture News Page

Note to Journalists: a publication quality photograph of Dave Petritz is available at

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