ACEL alum named director of Ohio State ATI

Dr. Kristina Boone has been named the new director for Ohio State ATI. Boone completed her masters and doctoral degrees in the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership, graduating in 1991 and 1994 respectively.


Dr. Lonnie King, interim VP for Agricultural Administration and Dean for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, released the following statement this morning about Dr. Boone’s appointment.

I am pleased to announce Kristina M. Boone, PhD, has accepted the director position at Ohio State ATI effective April 1, 2017.

Most recently, Dr. Boone was a professor and department head in the College of Agriculture at Kansas State University. Her department supported academic programs at the bachelor’s and master’s level in Agricultural Education and Agricultural Communication. The department also directed the communications on behalf of the College of Agriculture, Extension, and Agricultural Experiment Station. She also was the director of the interdisciplinary secondary major in Global Food Systems Leadership, and as part of a team, developed an interdisciplinary doctoral program in Leadership Communication.

Prior to her 21-year career in Communications and Agricultural Education, Dr. Boone was a watershed extension agent with Ohio State University Extension and co-led a water education program at Ohio State during her graduate program.

Dr. Boone received her bachelor’s degree in agricultural communication at Texas Tech. Her master’s and Ph.D. are from The Ohio State University in agricultural communication and extension education, respectively.

As Ohio State ATI Director, Dr. Boone is responsible for managing the administrative, human, and financial resources for Ohio State ATI. She will provide leadership for all programmatic and administrative functions including on campus and emerging e-Learning instruction, research, service, engagement and marketing, and student services and recruitment.

Ohio State ATI, located in Wooster, is an associate degree-granting institute within CFAES where students participate in a curriculum that includes general and basic studies, experiential learning, and a paid industry internship. Ohio State ATI is the largest institution of its kind in the country, offering 26 programs of study.

I also want to extend my appreciation to Thom Janini, PhD, for serving as interim director. Thom’s leadership in this interim appointment provided continued support for the faculty, staff and students at Ohio State ATI.

Look for opportunities in April to welcome Dr. Kristina Boone to CFAES and Ohio State ATI.


Dr. Lonnie J. King

Interim VP for Agricultural Administration & Dean
140 Agricultural Administration
2120 Fyffe Rd., Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: (614) 292-3676  –  Fax: (614) 292-0452

Congratulations Dr. Boone! We look forward to having you return to the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences!

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