July 1 ,2019


Please welcome Mark Balschweid, Ph.D., as Interim Executive Director of the Rural Futures Institute. He enters the leadership role of RFI during its launch of the Nebraska Thriving Index and the pilot of an evolved Fellows model.

Balschweid, who has worked extensively in evaluating international programs in agricultural and extension education, joins RFI after 11 years within his departmental leadership role. Prior to coming to UNL in 2008, Balschweid was on faculty at Purdue University in the Department of Youth Development and Agricultural Education.