Torppa, Bloir named to OSU Extension leadership roles

CFAES recently announced two new appointments to leadership positions with its statewide outreach arm, OSU Extension.

Cynthia Torppa, regional director, Northwest Region

Cynthia Torppa started June 2 as the regional director of OSU Extension’s Northwest Region, based in Extension’s Wood County office.

Torppa graduated from Ohio State with an undergraduate degree in psychology and M.A. and Ph.D. (1988) degrees from the Department of Communication. Her interests and career have addressed both academic and outreach education and research. She has served as an associate professor of communication studies at the University of Delaware and Pennsylvania State University and most recently as a professor at Marshall University. She also has served as a county educator and specialist with OSU Extension. Her primary areas of academic specialization have been interpersonal and organizational communication, and she has authored or co-authored over 25 journal publications in those and related areas. 

Torppa has received numerous awards, including The Ohio State University Department of Communication Walter B. Emmery Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Service, the University of Delaware Continuing Education Award for Excellence in Teaching Adults, the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Program Excellence through Research Award and Dean Don Felker Financial Management Award, and the National Association of Community Development Professionals Excellence in Community Development Programming Award. 

Kirk Bloir, interim associate leader, Ohio 4-H Youth Development

Kirk Bloir has been appointed interim associate leader of OSU Extension’s Ohio 4-H Youth Development program. This appointment will begin July 1 and will continue through Dec. 31, 2014. His duties will include providing primary leadership to 4-H program and volunteer risk management issues, including policy development and implementation; serving in a leadership role to respond to day-to-day questions and issues that arise in local and state 4-H programming; and providing guidance to 4-H program management issues. His work will include serving as the liaison between Ohio State’s Office of Legal Affairs and 4-H faculty and staff.

In addition, Bloir will provide interim leadership for assigned duties associated with the 4-H displays and competition at the 2014 Ohio State Fair. He will provide oversight of and interim guidance for preliminary preparations for the 2015 Ohio 4-H Conference, including the RFP and proposal selection process for conference workshops, and will coordinate the state 4-H volunteer award processes. He also will fulfill other interim duties associated with this assignment, such as liaison to the Ohio Valley EERA 4-H professionals; active participant in 4-H specialist meetings, state 4-H staff meetings and other State 4-H Office functions; and partner in weekly planning meetings with the state 4-H leader.