COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences has named Andrew J. Londo as the new assistant director, agriculture and natural resources, for Ohio State University Extension. OSU Extension is the college’s outreach arm.
Londo is currently professor of silviculture and Extension forestry coordinator at Mississippi State University. He will start his new appointment on Sept. 1, 2013, subject to approval by Ohio State’s Board of Trustees.
He will succeed Donald J. Breece, who has served as assistant director, agriculture and natural resources, since 2008. Breece announced his retirement in January 2013.
“I am pleased to welcome Dr. Andrew J. Londo to Ohio State University,” said Keith Smith, associate vice president for agricultural administration and director of OSU Extension. “With his extensive background in research, teaching and extension, I believe he will be a valuable asset to the college and to our constituents statewide.”
Originally from Michigan, Londo earned his bachelor’s degree in forestry from Michigan Technological University, his master’s degree in forest science from Texas A&M University and his doctorate in forest science from Michigan Technological University.
A highly respected scholar, Londo is known for his research in prescribed fire, forest health, mine reclamation, carbon sequestration, soils, forest management, intensive pine silviculture and non-industrial private forest landowner issues. Londo has authored 190 journal articles, books, chapters, papers, abstracts, publications and magazine articles. He has also been awarded grants totaling $5.4 million to work on 39 projects, including the Western Gulf Longleaf Pine Restoration Project and the Southern Pine Beetle Prevention Project for the Mississippi Forestry Commission.
Londo has worked as Extension forestry coordinator at Mississippi since 2005, where he was responsible for supervising Extension associates, coordinating Extension programing and seeking funding to support programming. He has been a professor of silviculture at the university since 2008.
“I look forward to coming to The Ohio State University and Ohio State University Extension,” Londo said. “OSU Extension is nationally known and respected.
“One of my goals is to show people that I care and am interested in what their concerns are and finding ways that I can help. Once you’ve helped them, you’ve made a friend for life and helped to nurture an Extension supporter. That is part of what has helped make Extension so successful.”
Londo has won numerous awards and honors, including the National Woodland Owners Association and National Association of University Forest Resources Programs’ National Family Forest Education Award in 2012. He holds memberships in the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals and the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.
Londo and his wife, Alexis, a geomatics coordinator with the Geosystems Research Institute at Mississippi State, have two children, daughter Avery, 11, and son Jonathan, 9.