Patrick J. Borich
Hall of Fame Class of 1998
Patrick J. Borich joined the University of Minnesota faculty as a county extension agent in 1958 and rose through administrative levels to become Dean and Director in 1984, a position he held until his retirement in January 1995. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Minnesota and his Ph.D. in adult education from the University of Chicago.
Nationally and internationally, he is known as a teacher and lecturer in administration and program development. He is also widely recognized as a pioneer of people-centered adult and continuing educational programs and management, as evidenced by his numerous publications and presentations focusing on humanizing extension, the adult educator as a change agent, and values in continuing education.
He has served on and chaired several national cooperative extension committees, including the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) and its subcommittees on Legislative, Outreach and Technology Transfer, Program and Personnel Development, and the National Strategic Planning Council. In addition, he edited the Journal of Extension.
He is the recipient of many honors. In recognition for his contributions to the field of adult and continuing education, he received in 1992 the Distinguished Extension Ruby Award from Epsilon Sigma Phi, the national extension fraternity.