New MSU Extension head for Charlevoix, Northern Michigan region


Michigan State University Extension has named Adam Koivisto as the organization’s District 14 coordinator, effective July 5.

District 14 is made up of Alpena, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, Montmorency, Otsego and Presque Isle counties.


Koivisto will work with local governments, nonprofits, school systems and neighborhood groups to help identify community challenges and propose and implement successful solutions. He will also mentor MSU Extension staff members under his leadership in program planning, delivery and evaluation, as well as professional development.

“Adam is well-known and respected throughout Extension and has a proven track record of leading and shaping our organization,” said Patrick Cudney, MSU Extension associate director. “He also has close ties to District 14 and we’re looking forward to seeing the unique vision he has come to fruition.”

Koivisto has a history of leading organizational initiatives and brings close relationships throughout the organization to his new role. He currently serves MSU Extension as administrative services manager and leads efforts such as Civil Rights compliance and staff development programming. He also provides leadership for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ Event Services team. Before joining MSU Extension in 2015, Koivisto worked as the operations director for the College of Human Medicine, the budget and human resources officer for the Office of Admissions, and managed the University Apartments.

“I am incredibly excited to be moving back to Northern Michigan and continuing to work with our MSU Extension team,” Koivisto said. “I am really looking forward to building relationships and collaborating with our community partners to address the needs and the goals of District 14 residents.”

Koivisto received a bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University and a master’s of business administration from MSU. He replaces former coordinator Lisa Anderson, who left to become the Northwest District director for Purdue Extension.

MSU Extension helps people improve their lives by bringing the vast knowledge resources of MSU directly to individuals, communities and businesses. For more than 100 years, MSU Extension has helped grow Michigan’s economy by equipping Michigan residents with the information that they need to do their jobs better, raise healthy and safe families, build their communities and empower our children to dream of a successful future.

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