Charles Stoltenow

Dean › Nebraska Extension

University of Nebraska-Lincoln • 211 AGH • Lincoln NE, 68583-0704 •

Charles Stoltenow portrait

Charles Stoltenow has served as dean and director of Nebraska Extension since January 2022.

Stoltenow came to Nebraska from North Dakota State University, where he served since 2013 as assistant director of extension for agriculture and natural resources. He had also served as the NDSU Extension veterinarian, a professor in NDSU’s Animal Sciences Department, and director of the NDSU Veterinary Technology academic program. Other positions Stoltenow held while at NDSU include North Dakota Horse Racing Commissioner, Consulting Veterinarian for the North Dakota Board of Animal Health, Board of Pharmacy, Department of Emergency Services and the North Dakota Department of Health. He has held leadership positions within the North Dakota Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Prior to joining NDSU Extension in 1996, Stoltenow worked in private practice as an equine veterinarian in Iowa, Nebraska and Michigan; as a veterinary epidemiologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture; as the assistant state epidemiologist for the Nebraska Department of Health; and as an analytical epidemiologist for the USDA’s Centers for Epidemiology and Animal Health in Fort Collins, CO. Stoltenow was the food safety training coordinator for two USDA (APHIS and FSIS) agencies, concurrently.

At the international level he holds the rank of adjunct professor at the Mongolia State University School of Veterinary medicine. He has visited 15 countries and has served as a consultant to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Brussels, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in Bern, and the U.S. State Department. He is considered one of the world’s leading authorities in anthrax, a zoonotic disease which is present on six of seven continents.

He has a bachelor’s degree in animal science from North Dakota State University and received his doctoral degree in veterinary medicine from Iowa State University.

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