Susan Pater, director of the Cochise County Cooperative Extension Service, has been lauded as the University of Arizona’s “Extension Faculty of the Year.” A 23-year Extension veteran, she currently develops, conducts and evaluates educational programs for youth and adults emphasizing life skills development of youth.

Because of her exemplary work coordinating an outreach educational program focusing on natural resources and environmental stewardship, Pater was tapped at the CALS faculty conference with the award.

The award is presented annually to an outstanding faculty member nominated by peers and selected by a committee. Other criteria for the award include innovation and quality of Extension programming and outreach efforts.

Pater has been a major contributor in over $1.1 million in grant funds generated to implement research and extension efforts in Cochise County and Arizona.