Brian Raison, PhD

Brian Raison
Brian Raison, PhD
Associate Professor & Extension Field Specialist, Community and Organizational Leadership
100 Fairground Road, Xenia, OH 45385
Phone: 937-372-9971
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Degree Information: 
PhD in Agricultural Extension Education, The Ohio State University
MA in Sociology, Ohio University
BS in College of Business, The Ohio State University
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Specialization & Areas of Expertise:


  • Leadership Development
  • Organizational Capacity Building

Areas of Expertise:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Strategic Doing
  • Diversity Dialogues
  • Local Food Systems
  • Needs Assessment
  • Urban/Underserved Audiences



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Raison’s primary focus is on bringing together resources—people, information, ideas and processes—to positively affect outcomes larger than otherwise possible. This is accomplished by building collaborative partnerships among faculty, staff and community members and conducting targeted research-based programming and facilitation. His specialization areas are in Community & Organizational Leadership Development, and Community Wellness (process facilitation; strategic planning; vision-to-action; needs assessment, evaluation, non-profit assistance, building networks for collaboration, successful schools). He also has worked extensively in local food systems. In December of 2015 Brian was recognized by his Extension colleagues with the Raymond A. Schindler Excellence in Community Development Extension Award (news article).