Chuck Schroeder, founding executive director of the Rural Futures Institute (RFI), announced his plan to retire on a Facebook Live video today.
“I think it is an appropriate time for new leadership to come into play here and really think about how we execute our mission going forward in a fairly significantly changed environment and resources,” Schroeder said.
The University of Nebraska – Lincoln announced in November that RFI would reduce their planned expenditures for programs to help the university in meeting its budget. The budget reduction totaled $500,000.
“Over the last several months, my wife Kathi and I have had a lot of thought and a lot of discussion around questions of ‘Where are we’ ‘Where are we going with the rest of our life?’,” Schroeder said. “It is time to make some changes by choice rather than rolling along with the flow. ”
The Rural Futures Institute was founded in 2012 with a mission to harness the intellectual energy of the University of Nebraska and its partners to positively impact the future of humankind.
Schroeder has had a career focused in agriculture and rural communities.
Previously, he served as president and executive director of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. He was the chief executive officer of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association for more than six years. Schroeder also served as executive vice president and director of development at the University of Nebraska Foundation and director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.
Schroeder ended the Facebook Live announcement sharing his optimism for rural living.
“Always believe that rural communities can be that preferred place for people who want to live in a way that makes a difference.”
Schroeder’s last day as founding executive director June 30, 2018.