Dr. Kyle Kostelecky has been named Alabama Extension’s new assistant director for family and consumer sciences programs. He will also serve as assistant dean for extension in Auburn University’s College of Human Sciences.
Dr. Gary Lemme, Alabama Extension director, said Kostelecky brings extensive and diverse professional experience in delivering Extension programs addressing contemporary family issues.
“Dr. Kostelecky’s leadership will enhance the delivery of Extension programming in the areas of nutrition and health, healthy families and communities, personal financial management and workforce development,” said Lemme.
“As a veteran, he has a passion for providing Extension programs addressing the unique challenges facing military families. Alabama’s military families will benefit from his passion and experience in meeting their needs.”
College of Human Sciences Dean June Henton said Kostelecky’s wide-ranging career will enhance his leadership.
“We are extremely excited to have Kyle join the College of Human Sciences, providing overall leadership for our wide array of Extension programs,” said Henton. “He is bringing a rich background of diverse experiences from his former positions, and we look forward to having him as part of the Auburn Family.”
Kostelecky comes to Alabama Extension from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he has been most recently the project director for eXtension’s Military Families Learning Network and director of the Chez Family Foundation Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education. He earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Washington State University and his master’s and doctorate in human development and family studies from Iowa State University.
Kostelecky has held faculty positions at the University of Arizona South Sierra Vista, University of Northern Iowa, University of Wyoming, and Iowa State University where he was a state specialist responsible for intergenerational programming.
He said he is excited to join the Alabama Extension family.
“While I had never been on the Auburn campus before my interview in late April, I feel like I’m coming home,” he said. “I have many long time colleagues and friends within Alabama Extension so the prospect of working with them on a daily basis is very exciting.”
As assistant director, he will lead all Alabama Extension program efforts in family and consumer sciences. He said that the organization’s long standing work in nutrition and healthy lifestyles is important in achieving Extension’s key mission of improving citizens’ lives.
“Another area that also points to a bright future in our programming is the work being done in the area of building strong family relationships. Auburn University is a significant national leader here and is positioned to continue growing early childhood, parenting, intimate and close relationship programming. This will further strengthen Alabama families’ to succeed and thrive.”
Kostelecky will assume his new duties August 1. He and his wife Michele have two adult sons.
Alabama Extension is the primary outreach organization of Alabama A&M and Auburn universities’ land-grant mission providing real-life solutions and helping improve the lives of all Alabamians.