Richard Hentschel

Richard Hentschel is an extension specialist, green industry programming with the University of Illinois Extension, based in Lemont, Ill. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a bachelor’s degree in ornamental horticulture and a master’s degree in horticulture focusing on plant pathology and plant physiology. He joined Extension as an educator in horticulture in Rock Island County, moving on to Kane County.  From there Hentschel managed a not-for-profit trade association for pickled vegetables before returning to Extension in his current position. Hentschel currently serves the northeast region of Illinois while working with green industry associations throughout the state. He serves as a liaison between those groups and the University of Illinois.  Other projects include the promotion of the University of Illinois at Chicago bachelor of science in horticulture degree completion program; the Illinois Tree Specification review committee through the Illinois Green Industry Association; and efforts supporting management strategies for the emerald ash borer in northern Illinois.