Announcement from Nicholas Polanin, chair, Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR)
Please join me in welcoming our newest ANR faculty member, Ruth Carll, who joined RCE on January 2 in her new role as the State Program Leader in Consumer Horticulture and Master Gardener Program.
Ruth is an innovative leader in the botanical garden and preservation community, with extensive experience and success in development and expansion of community engagement throughout her career. Ruth has a Masters Degree in Botany from Arizona State University, and has previously served as an Adjunct Faculty member at Maricopa Community College, Director of Programming at the Desert Botanical Garden, and as Executive Director of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy (all in Arizona), before most recently as the Senior Naturalist with the Monmouth County Parks System here in NJ.
In her new role here at NJAES/RCE/ANR, Ruth will provide statewide leadership and collaboration across working groups, stakeholders, and Extension Departments and Specialists in support of improving and expanding consumer horticulture outreach, education, and engagement, including the Rutgers Master Gardener (RMG) program.
This new position within ANR has been part of our Strategic Plan since 2013, and we are very excited to have Ruth join us in this exciting effort.