Kraig Tweed has been selected as the regional director for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Northeast Iowa. 

Tweed began his duties Dec. 16 and is housed in the Winneshiek County Extension office. 

As a regional director, Tweed will work with county staff and councils, and ISU Extension staff to plan programming in Region 4 around common priority issues. This region includes Howard, Winneshiek, Allamakee, Chickasaw, Fayette and Clayton counties.

"I am very excited to become a part of such a dynamic Extension Region as Region 4," said Tweed.  "The passion for Extension in this region is clearly evident by the many projects going on in all of the counties. I look forward to working with all of the counties as we work to improve the lives of Iowans."

Tweed will work directly with the county extension council members to meet their legal obligations as an elected body. He will work with councils and extension program specialists to provide educational programming that addresses issues of most significance and evaluate the results of multi-county and regional efforts.

Tweed and his wife are originally from North Dakota and have lived in Jefferson for the past 14 years.  He has over 25 years of leadership experience and served on the Extension Council in Greene County for 10 years. Tweed attended Wayland Baptist University, Plainview, Texas, where he finished his graduate degree while serving in the U.S. Air Force. They have two grown children, both living in Ames.  

Tweed replaces Brenda Ranum, who took a leave of absence in June of 2012.

Ranum had been Winneshiek County Extension director since 2004. When the Extension service was restructured in 2009, she became the regional director for Winneshiek, Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette and Howard Counties.