uf names director of equestrian studies


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Jill Paxton has accepted the newly created position of director of equestrian studies and equine management at The University of Findlay. Formerly bureau chief for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Paxton has more than 25 years of college teaching and supervisory experience.

According to Dan May, vice president for academic affairs, Paxton’s responsibilities include supervision of all degree programs within the equestrian studies and equine business management majors, oversight of events, shows and summer programs, fund raising and alumni relations and management of the program’s operating budget in conjunction with the college dean, animal sciences director and farms business manager.

Prior to her positions with the Iowa Department of Agriculture, Paxton helped develop the $2.5 million equestrian facility at Alfred University, Alfred, New York. She served as director of the program from 2004-2007 where she supervised a staff of 26 and designed and taught classes in equine management, equine science, judging and hunt seat equitation.

A judge and coach, Paxton coached horses to three World/Reserve World Championships at the 2012 Pinto World Show and five World/Reserve World Championships in the 2010 show. She holds a master of science degree in physical education, kinesiology/motor learning from the University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, and a bachelor of science degree in health and physical education from the same institution. She is currently pursuing an Ed.D. in higher education administration, administrative licensure at George Fox University, Newberg, Oregon.

Located in northwest Ohio, The University of Findlay offers bachelor of science and associate of arts programs in equestrian studies with an English or western emphasis, and a bachelor of science program in equine business management. For more information, visit www.findlay.edu, Keyword: equestrian.