Senior Director HR/OD
4 years of service
Previous experience prior to Vermeer:
Maytag Whirlpool - Director of Training and Staffing
Senior Human Resources Manager - Dell Computer
Antioch University: MEd
Paul Lasley, Professor of Sociology, has been employed at Iowa State University since 1981. He received a bachelor's degree in animal husbandry (1974), a master's degree in sociology (1976), and a PhD in rural sociology from the University of Missouri-Columbia (1981).
His research, teaching, and extension work focuses on farm and rural issues at the state and national levels. He is widely known across Iowa and the nation for conducting the Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll, an annual survey of farm operators. The author of over 100 professional journal articles, his research focuses on the changing structure of agriculture, rural development, and community. His work examines the consequences of social and economic changes on the fabric of society by examining agricultural changes on rural communities and the need for rural development.
Dr. Lasley's course, Agriculture in Transition, is a popular course in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He also team teaches a dual listed course with the Department of Economics on Agriculture and Ethics. His appointment in ISU Extension has focused on leadership and organizational development, with particular attention to public policy and rural development. Lasley is a frequently sought by the mass media for his expertise on rural issues and his work has appeared in major national and international media outlets.
His work has been recognized by such awards as the College of Liberal Arts and Science Departmental Leadership Award (2007), Regent's Award for Faculty Excellence (2002); Excellence in Extension and Public Service from the Rural Sociological Society (1998); Excellence in Research Award from the Southern Rural Sociological Society (1992); the Meritorious Service Award from Iowa State University Extension (1991); the Excellence in Extension Award (1988) from Iowa State University Extension; the National Leadership Award from the Council of State Governments (1987); the University Extension Achievement Award (1986); and the Outstanding Extension Educator Award (1983).
Lasley currently is Chair of the Department of Sociology at Iowa State University 2002- present and since 2006 he has been chair of the Department of Anthropology.
Dr. Borich, Principal-Owner of GenX & Associates, is currently serving as Project Co-Director for the Rockford Region Vital Signs initiative to develop a regional sustainability plan for the two-county area. Her previous position was as the former Executive Director of the Rockford Region Economic Development District in Rockford, Illinois. As developer of the Engaged Planning Community Diagnostic Tool for her Ph.D., she hopes to help communities become better empowered with their planning implementation efforts. Her doctorate is in Urban and Regional Planning with the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.