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Beth A Forbes

Youth Development and Agricultural Education 

  • Science Communication Director
  • Science Communication Director/Continuing Lecturer
Agricultural Administration Building Room 229
615 W State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2053

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.