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NDSU Rural Leadership Program Director Honored

Marie Hvidsten, Rural Leadership North Dakota director (NDSU photo) Marie Hvidsten, Rural Leadership North Dakota director (NDSU photo)
Marie Hvidsten receives the Outstanding Leadership Program Director Award.

Marie Hvidsten has been honored for her work as director of the North Dakota State University Extension Service’s Rural Leadership North Dakota program.

Hvidsten, also an Extension rural leadership specialist, was recognized with the 2015 Outstanding Leadership Program Director Award. She received the award at the recent annual meeting of the International Association of Programs for Agricultural Leadership (IAPAL), which was held in Dickinson.

IAPAL is a consortium of agricultural and rural leadership programs in the U.S., Canada and several other countries.

"Dr. Hvidsten received this honor for her vision, leadership and professional tenacity to establish and develop the Rural Leadership North Dakota program, which has empowered the lives of so many established and emerging agricultural leaders in North Dakota,” says IAPAL executive secretary Joe Waldrum, who helped present the award.

He also noted that Hvidsten is highly respected by her peers in rural leadership development around the globe.

“NDSU Extension is pleased that Marie has been honored by her national and international peers with this award,” NDSU Extension Director Chris Boerboom says. “Marie is outstanding at educating citizens on leadership skills and providing opportunities for them to develop their talents.”

Hvidsten earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Bemidji (Minn.) State University, a master’s in educational administration from the University of North Dakota and a doctorate in organization development from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. She joined NDSU Extension in 2002 as director of the program she helped create.

NDSU Agriculture Communication - Nov. 10, 2015

Source:Lynette Flage, (701) 231-7782,
Editor:Ellen Crawford, (701) 231-5391,
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