Marilyn Corbin Named Penn State Outreach And Cooperative Extension State Program Leader For Children, Youth And Families

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Dr. Marilyn Corbin, professor of family and consumer sciences and assistant to the director of the Cooperative Extension Service at North Carolina State University, has been appointed state program leader for children, youth and families with Penn State Outreach and Cooperative Extension, effective Oct. 19.

As state program leader, Corbin will provide leadership and support for the development, implementation and evaluation of statewide educational programs aimed at children, older youths and families, including 4-H. She will actively develop funding and other resources and maintain training for cooperative extension and other outreach initiatives. Corbin will work closely with administrators in the College of Agricultural Sciences, academic department heads, regional extension directors, faculty and county extension agents, as well as academic and outreach programs in other colleges within the university.

"We are extremely pleased with Dr. Corbin's appointment to this important position," says Theodore Alter, associate vice-president for outreach and director of Penn State Cooperative Extension. "She is an outstanding leader and is skilled at building highly effective programming and funding partnerships that incorporate university faculty and staff, governmental agencies and community organizations."

Corbin has been at North Carolina State since 1993, when she was hired as head of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, professor of family and consumer sciences and assistant director of the university's extension service. Since being promoted to assistant to the director in 1997, she has provided program leadership for special initiatives such as welfare reform for the state's entire extension system. She also supports outreach initiatives with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Corbin has worked in extension for most of her career. After earning a bachelor's degree in business administration and home economics from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan. in 1970, and a master's degree in textiles and interior design from Kansas State University in 1972, she started her career as a consumer education and clothing and textiles specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service at Texas A&M University in 1972.

Corbin returned to Kansas in 1975, accepting a position as extension home economist for the Kansas Cooperative Extension Service in Saline County. In 1979, she was promoted to instructor and extension specialist for clothing and textiles, based at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan. Corbin earned a doctorate in family life education in 1982 from Kansas State.

In 1983, Corbin joined the Kansas State faculty as an assistant professor and clothing and textiles extension specialist. She was promoted to associate professor in 1987 and became assistant director for extension home economics for the state's extension service. She also assumed periodic duties as acting director of the Kansas Cooperative Extension Service from 1989 to 1992, and served one year as acting associate director of the service in 1991 before accepting her faculty and administrative appointment at North Carolina State.

Among her honors are team member for the USDA Honor Award for Emergency Response in 1997, a Certificate of Excellence from the North Carolina Association of Family and Consumer Sciences in 1996, the Distinguished Service Award from Epsilon Sigma Phi in 1991, the 4-H Good Guy Award for Outstanding Service for her Kansas State 4-H Clothing program in 1984 and the Maude Gorman Award from Delta Kappa Gamma in 1983.

She is national vice president of the Association of Leadership Educators and is president elect for 1998-1999. Corbin is a member of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, the International Textiles and Apparel Association, the American Society for Training and Development and the North Carolina Women's Forum. She also is a member of Epsilon Sigma Phi and Delta Kappa Gamma.

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Last Updated March 19, 2009