Petty began serving as interim UI extension director in late 2014. She began her UI career as a UI Extension family and consumer sciences educator in 1998.
“Barbara Petty showed that she is the right person to lead one of the University of Idaho’s most citizen-focused endeavors,” said Michael Parrella, dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. “UI Extension made significant gains during her time as interim director in large part due to her expertise and understanding of the university’s mission to help the public.”
Petty earned a BA in vocational home economics education in 1977. She earned an MA in human development and the family from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln in 1984. A Nebraska native, Petty moved to Idaho Falls in 1998.
Petty also serves as chair of the board of directors for Northwest University in Kirkland, Wash.