SENR Faculty Member Elected to Serve on Rural Sociological Society Council

May. 7, 2014

Kristi Lekies, assistant professor and state Extension specialist in the School of Environment and Natural Resources has been elected to serve on the council for the Rural Sociological Society (RSS). The RSS is a professional social science association that promotes the generation, application, and dissemination of sociological knowledge. Established in 1937, the RSS seeks to enhance the quality of rural life, communities, and the environment.

Lekies notes she is excited about the opportunity to serve on the RSS Council and is honored that she was nominated. Lekies background includes work in diverse educational and community settings in both urban and rural areas, as well as past leadership experience in a number of professional and community organizations. Her goal while serving in this leadership position is for the Rural Sociological Society to remain strong as the key organization for the study and betterment of rural people, communities, and economies. Lekies hopes to strengthen the organization as the primary place where researchers, Extension and outreach professionals, and community practitioners address a wide spectrum of rural issues and needs.