Penn State University Cooperative Extension
Jeff Fowler is the County Extension Director in Venango and Forest Counties in Northwest Pennsylvania, with administrative responsibilities for nine staff members in the two locations. He has been working for Penn State University in Cooperative Extension since 1988. In addition to being County Director, he is the Western Pennsylvania Turf Specialist serving 20 counties. In this role, he visits many sports facilities at the local, state and national levels, often being a neutral party arbitrator between school boards, greens committees, employees and administrators.
He has been active in STMA since 1999, and is currently serving as the Chair of the Conference Education Committee. Previous STMA committee service includes the Information Outreach, Conference Education, Awards and the Editorial committees. He has been a volunteer on the grounds crew at the Little League World Series for 13 years. He also is the volunteer field manager for his local little league, and since 2003 has served on the KAFMO Board of Directors, which is an affiliated chapter of STMA.
He is very active in his community as a volunteer, as well. He has served Red Cross, United Way, his church, and countless other boards. Jeff was honored by the STMA with the 2005 Dr. William H. Daniel Founders Award for his excellence and dedication to research and teaching.
Vision for STMA:
STMA has been a huge part of my career. I have been blessed to be able to attend eleven national conferences and was humbled by being the recipient of the Dr. William H. Daniel Founders Award. The strength of the organization is in its membership, and members' networking -- helping or reaching out to other members. Yet in the current economy, facilities cannot afford to send multiple staff away to conferences. I see expanding the regional conference concept as one that will allow more and more to benefit from the strength of the national organization. I see technology as a tool that would allow even more to benefit from the knowledge of the organization through such events as webinars, podcasts, correspondence courses and countless other on-line or alternative educational methods. Technology allows us to provide educational information that can be utilized at the convenience of the learner, when they have time, and when they are in need. I am passionate about providing continuing education to the association's membership, and I would be very honored to serve on the STMA Board.