By MITCH LIES
Mike Bondi, staff chair of the Clackamas County Extension Office, has been named interim superintendent and staff chair of the North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora, Ore.
Bondi will continue as staff chair of the Clackamas office and continue working as an extension agent in forestry and Christmas trees, although on a reduced schedule.
He has agreed to take the Aurora position for six months.
Extension administration and Bondi will decide at that time whether to make the arrangement permanent.
"This gives us an opportunity to try this out for six months and see if it works," Bondi said.
Bondi replaces Clark Seavert, who has moved to an on-campus faculty position at Oregon State University.
Bondi characterized his new multi-station assignment as part of a long-range plan by OSU Extension to streamline operations by combining some administrative duties.
"We know there needs to be significant changes in the structure of extension, and area administration will be part of that, and area assignments for faculty may be part of that," he said.
Bondi said he will continue conducting forestry and Christmas tree educational programs at conferences, but will scale back field work.
"What I don't see myself being able to do is field work and going to farms," he said.
Bondi said the service plans to hire a forestry-Christmas tree agent on a temporary basis to conduct some of his extension duties at the Clackamas station for the next six months.
His priorities at the North Willamette station, he said, include gaining an understanding of research programs, starting work on the center's next fiscal year budget and starting to implement a strategic plan recently developed by center administration.
Bondi started at the center Jan. 3.
He plans to spend mornings at the Aurora center and afternoons at the Clackamas extension office in Oregon City.