Profile: Mary Powers Nikola

As director of leadership and organization development, Dr. Mary Powers Nikola is responsible for the implementation of leadership strategies, organizational development interventions, and professional development programming for faculty, staff, customers and stakeholders.

Dr. Nikola is the director of the New Jersey Agriculture Leadership Development Program, which is a two-year leadership development initiative for New Jersey’s farmers and agri-business professionals. She is also the director of the Northeast Extension Leadership Development Program, a regional leadership development initiative for faculty from the land grant institutions from Maine to West Virginia.

Prior to joining Cooperative Extension, Dr. Nikola served as director of training and development for Rutgers University and was responsible for programming in leadership development, performance management, supervision, and professional development for over 5,000 employees on three major campuses and at statewide satellite locations.