As department head, Beth Forbes leads a staff of about 40 professionals.
Agricultural Communication develops publications, Web sites, news releases,
multimedia resources and interactive exhibits. It also operates Purdue
Extension's The Education Store, which sells and distributes educational
materials, and facilitates the toll-free 888-EXT-INFO (398-4636) phone line for
information access. Named head in November 2009, she served as the department's
interim head and was coordinator of the department's news and public affairs
unit. A former broadcast journalist, Forbes previously worked at the Purdue News
Service as a writer and in University Relations as a broadcast producer. She
conducts media training seminars for local and national groups. She earned a
bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Anderson University and a masters
degree from Purdue University in leadership and supervision.