Dean Solomon is one of those leaders who lift our entire organization, making
it better internally and enhancing our ability to serve. He’s the kind of leader
an organization as large as MSU Extension needs to show excellence in service,
program planning and delivery, evaluation, and administration. He epitomizes
service and excellence.
As a district water specialist and county MSU Extension director, Dean established
deep relationships in key stakeholder groups throughout the state. Many of
his partnerships resulted in new educational initiatives that became signature
A highly skilled facilitator and teacher, Dean’s class and workshop participants
consistently gave him high marks in their reviews and were eager to learn from a
scholar and respected educator. In his current role as a senior Extension educator
within the Greening Michigan Institute, Dean often leads initiatives both within the
institute and for the entire organization. His technological skills have resulted in new
online curricula and creative approaches to providing education to our clientele. His
educational programs have received national recognition from his peers in both the
natural resources and community development disciplines.
Dean epitomizes the term servant leader. He has served on numerous task forces
and special committees, lending his perspectives on how the organization can
improve its processes. He has served as a work team leader, signature program
coordinator, and staff mentor. Nationally, he has served as president of the
Association of Natural Resources Extension Professionals (ANREP), and played a
key role in the joint national conferences of ANREP and the National Association of
Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP).
We thank Dean for more than 35 years of serving as a leader, relationship
builder, teacher, and innovator. We appreciate his commitment to Extension, and
congratulate him on the Outstanding Service to MSU Extension Award.