Jean P. Lonie
Jean joined Penn State University in June 2014 as the Director of Student Recruitment and Activities for the College of Agricultural Sciences. In this role she serves as an ambassador for the College, meeting with prospective students and families, educational professionals, allied industry and alums, with a focus on sharing the story of the myriad of opportunities available through the College and the agricultural sciences industry. In addition, Jean serves as advisor for the Ag Advocate team, a group of 27 undergraduate students who help host prospective families, participate in industry events and support efforts and initiatives of the College of Agricultural Sciences.
Prior to joining the Penn State family, Jean worked in both the public and private sectors with a focus on agricultural communications, outreach and policy. Most recently she worked for Zoetis, formerly Pfizer Animal Health, serving as Senior Manager of Marketing Communications for the U.S. Beef Segment and late Marketing Manager for the U.S. dairy anti-infective products. While at Zoetis Jean was selected for the organization’s Emerging Leaders program, and was a two-time recipient of the President’s Circle award for outstanding performance.
On the public sector side, Jean served the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture as Director of Communications and Executive Assistant to the PA Secretary of Agriculture. With this appointment, Jean had the opportunity to encourage, protect and promote the agriculture industry in her home state. This followed Jean’s time as the Agricultural Career and Technical Education Coordinator for the School District of Philadelphia, where she focused on recruitment and engagement for urban students studying the agricultural sciences. This work was focused around W.B. Saul High School for Agricultural Sciences, which also happens to be the high school Jean attended.
A native of Philadelphia, Jean’s connection to agriculture began when she enrolled at W. B. Saul H.S. of Agricultural Sciences. While at W.B. Saul, Jean was a 4 year FFA officer and majored in horticulture. She earned her B.S. in Agriculture from the University of Delaware and has an MBA from Eastern University, and is currently a PhD candidate at Penn State in the Agricultural and Extension Education department. Her area of study is the public value of agricultural leadership programs.
Today, Jean remains connected to the PA FFA Association, the PA 4-H Council, and the PA Rural Leadership (PA RULE) Board of Directors. Jean has served as an adjunct professor at Delaware Valley College. In 2013, Jean was named the Honorary U.S. Ambassador to the Nuffield International Farming Scholars Program, a leadership development program for farmers and agriculturalists around the world, and she remains part of the Nuffield International team, serving as a conference facilitator in 2013 and 2014, and will continue this work in France in 2015.