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Monday, January 30, 2017

ECOP Executive Director Search Update

The ECOP Executive Director Search Committee developed a position description, reviewed applications and conducted interviews in 2016. "The determination of the committee was to continue searching for an ECOP National Executive Director," says Fred Schlutt, Chair, University of Alaska. "We will be regrouping to determine a new direction. In the meantime, Fred Schlutt, ECOP Chair, the ED/A team along with Sandy Ruble will be performing of the duties ED. We are in final negations with a former Director of Extension to serve as Interim ED for 9 months or until a new National ED is identified." In the meantime, Fred Schlutt and the EDA Team will be performing ED the duties. Other members of the Committee are Doug Steele, Texas A&M University; Michelle Rodgers, University of Delaware; Chuck Hibberd, University of Nebraska; Delbert Foster, South Carolina State University; Daryl Buchholz, Kansas State University; Jimmy Henning, University of Kentucky, and Robin Shepard, North Central Region Executive Director.

Lou Swanson,
Colorado State University
Swanson Joins ECOP - Lou Swanson, Vice President for Engagement and Director of Extension, Colorado State University joined the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) representing the Western Region in January 2017. Rich Koenig, Washington State University stepped aside to take on additional responsibilities in his state. ECOP is the representative leadership and governing body of Cooperative Extension nationwide and made up of 15 members, three from each of the five Cooperative Extension regions (1890 Institutions, North Central, Northeast, Southern, and Western).

Early-bird Registration for 2017 National Urban Extension Conference - The University of Minnesota will host the 2017 National Urban Extension Conference at the Radisson Blu located at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, May 8 – 11, 2017. Please use the following conference web link to register by March 17 to receive Early Bird pricing at Designed with the urban Extension educator in mind, the conference schedule is intently geared towards program faculty, administrators and staff including a rich line-up of keynote speakers, mobile learning opportunities, and informative and engaging poster, program and administrative track sessions and ignite talks weaved throughout the conference. Brent Hales, University of Minnesota, is Conference Chair and Brad Gaolach, Washington State University, is Conference Co-Chair.

eXtension Diversity and Inclusion Issue Corps - More than 40 teams representing 28 institutions have been selected for eXtension Foundation’s newly formed Diversity and Inclusion Issue Corps. The teams will meet in February for a Designathon workshop in which they will develop an issue response strategy through concept mapping and one-on-one mentoring from key informants. eXtension is recruiting key informants in areas of expertise specific to the needs of the Corps.

2017 National Extension Conference on Volunteerism: April 10-13, 2017; Asheville, NC - Designed for Cooperative Extension professionals who manage volunteers; the workshops, keynote presentations, poster sessions, lightening talks, and super seminars provide specific strategies for optimizing the benefits of the program for the volunteer, for the manager and for Extension. For registration and more Information:
  • Early Bird Registration ends on 2/28/17 - $275 
  • Standard Registration on 3/1/17 and ends on 3/15/17 - $325 
  • One day only Registration - $150 
  • 4-H Specialists Pre-Conference Registration (lunch included) - $60 
  • EMGV (Master Gardner)  Pre-Conference Registration (lunch not included) - $25 
Please promote this opportunity to focus on volunteer development and program management.