Rural Futures Institute names new Associate Director

Connie-Reimers-HildThe Rural Futures Institute (RFI) at the University of Nebraska is proud to announce and welcome Dr. Connie Reimers-Hild as the Associate Director. Connie will work closely with the RFI core team to enhance the work of the Institute and to develop strong relationships with NU faculty and external partners.

Connie joins the team from her previous role as Unit Leader and Community Vitality Educator at the Kimmel Education and Research Center in Nebraska City, Nebraska. Kimmel is the first University of Nebraska Extension office in Nebraska funded through a public-private partnership and her role was to blend outreach education with administrative leadership.

Connie has a rich history of co-creating collaborative relationships around leadership, innovation and strategic planning with rural community partners, businesses, stakeholders and educational institutions. She has a working knowledge of rural areas which will provide valuable insight when working with the RFI team to create programs and to provide feedback on the RFI’s competitive grants program.

“We are very excited to welcome Connie to the RFI team. Her background in research and teaching, as well as her work directly in rural communities, are an ideal fit for the Rural Futures Institute” said Chuck Schroeder Executive Director of the Rural Futures Institute. “Not only will she bring a wealth of leadership and strategic planning experience but she will also be a great catalyst in creating hope for rural people and places,” said Schroeder.

Reimers-Hild began the new position on May 1. The joint appointment is a 75% administrative assignment with the Rural Futures Institute (RFI) and a 25% appointment with University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Extension.