Land “Grab” Universities Article in Forbes Magazine

The Original Sin Of Our Nation’s First Public Universities

April 20, 2020

Article in Forbes Magazine can be accessed here.

“Recognition of the coercive and often violent activities underlying the creation of the land-grant universities over a century and a half ago certainly is challenging. There are many issues and concerns, including questions about what should be done to make amends.”


Impact of the Coronavirus Crisis

With Students Gone, College Towns Are In Crisis Mode

April 15, 2020 article in Forbes Magazine

“Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, those campuses and communities that actively collaborated always fared better than those who did not. Like a marriage, it takes two partners to make a relationship thrive. Now, however, campuses and communities more likely will need each other’s help to simply survive.”


Book Review: Land-Grant Universities for the Future

Robert Peterson, faculty member at Utah State University, has just published a very positive review of the Land-Grant Universities for the Future book. From the review:
“This book confirms the land-grant university mission and emphasizes the individual responsibility mandated to serve those we influence. This includes all residents in the communities within our service area. Engagement with neighbors, civic leaders, businesses, education institutions, and any other interested community partners, should all be recognized and listened to.”

Reframing That College Rejection Letter

Gordon Gee, Stephen Gavazzi and Marco Greenberg column: Reframing that college rejection letter



March 27, 2020

Dear parents and students: As the deferments and rejections begin to trickle in, remember that life is about choices, and we assure you that there’s a school that’s right for you.

Just as divergent types of intelligence can lead to bigger breakthroughs than more convergence probably would, consider the roads less traveled in the college admissions process.


Op-Ed Article in the Richmond Times Gazette click here







Ohio State Extension is Land-Grant Fierce!

Jackie Wilkins, the Interim Director of Ohio State University Extension, asked colleagues across the state to create messages that communicate how they are being Land-Grant Fierce in their work. This was part of the follow-up to the 2019 Extension Conference, which adopted Land-Grant Fierce as its motto.


One video had been produced for the conference itself. That video can be seen by clicking here.

Here is a picture of the attendees taken at the end of the Land-Grant Fierce Conference.



As a follow-up, Extension professionals also are producing more localized messages about being Land-Grant Fierce. Here is one from Medina County, Ohio , and can be viewed by clicking here.