Name and title:
Betsy Hartley, Director of External Relations
Where are you from?
Born and raised in San Dimas, California. Suburb of Los Angeles.
Where did you attend college?
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. My degree is in Agricultural Education.
What is your favorite college memory?
Being an Ambassador. Our team was one of the first in the College and we had a great time promoting the college, helping with events and recruiting new students to be a part of our college. It was a leadership experience of a lifetime.
What do you like most about OSU?
We are a top-tier research institution. We have outstanding and engaged students. It’s a beautiful campus that stretches across the entire state of Oregon. We have the proud heritage of being a Land Grant University. What’s not to LOVE about OSU? I love my job and enjoy coming to work each and every day.
What kind of transportation did you use in college?
Feet. I drove a red Ford Ranger pick-up if I had a lab at one of the farms or wanted to head to the beach to study. But my feet were my primary mode of transportation…
What is your favorite agricultural commodity?
I cannot choose just one in a state that produces over 220 outstanding commodities! I will say pizza does a darn good job of combining some of those delectable ingredients in a thoroughly delightful way.
What is something that you enjoy doing in your free time?
I’m an Aunt! I like to do just about anything – as long as I’m spending time with my family. (Shopping rates pretty high as a hobby as well!) And I am developing a love for photography… A growing passion and hobby that works well when you have totally handsome/adorable nieces and nephews.
Do you have any advice for students in the college of agricultural science?
This is the beginning of your career! Plan and execute wisely. Get involved. Study abroad. Follow through on commitments. Reach beyond your comfort zone. Network and develop professional connections. Look for new experiences. Join a club, run for an office. Enjoy your time in college, but understand that your college career is the foundation of your professional life.