Position Title
Dean Emeritus

UC Davis Extension


University-community engagement and outreach have been the main focus of Dennis Pendleton's work over the past 35 years.  He is currently Dean Emeritus of UC Davis Extension, having served as dean for 14 years and retiring in December 2014.  University Extension plays a key role in the educational outreach of UC Davis, presenting educational and professional development programs with annual student enrollments of more than 50,000—from northern California and throughout the world.  At the end of his tenure as dean, Dennis served as Executive Advisor to the Provost, chairing a representative campus advisory committee in developing a report and recommendations for Community-Engaged Scholarship at UC Davis.  He continues to work with colleagues in developing the recommendations of this report and is a continuing member of the Community Development Graduate Group.  Dennis's interests include the integration of scientific research and public policy; environmental policy and planning; and ecological simulation modeling.  He has a B.A. in economics from Colorado College, an M.S. and Ph.D. in ecology and regional resource planning from Colorado State University, and was a post-doctoral fellow at UC Berkeley.