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Three Cooperative Extension Leaders Selected As New Technologies for Ag Extension Catalysts


The Extension Foundation welcomes three new Catalyst team members:

  • Dr. Barbara Board, District Extension Director Emeritus, Virginia Tech; Retired Eastern Region Extension Director and Interim Associate Administrator, North Carolina A&T State University.
  • Dr. Dyremple Marsh, Retired College Dean, Research Director, and Extension Administrator, Delaware State University
  • Dr. Dawn Mellion, Retired Vice-Chancellor for Southern University Cooperative Extension.

The New Technologies for Ag Extension (NTAE) cooperative agreement (grant no. 2020-41595-30123) with the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) through a partnership with Oklahoma State University will enter its third year on September 1, 2021.

A key program in the cooperative agreement is the Program Accelerator. The Program Accelerator is a unique partnership between a project/program team and the resources of the Extension Foundation for a year of rapid growth and progress resulting in expanding the team’s local impact and national potential. The Extension Foundation’s methods and team of catalysts and key informants work uniquely with each team to produce scalable, better resourced, and more effective programs and community-based initiatives through a one-year boost of additional support.

Catalysts mentor, advise, support, and assist with networking and access to resources to assist in the acceleration of the project. Dr. Board, Dr. Marsh, and Dr. Mellion join an existing team of retired Cooperative Extension leaders serving as catalysts including:

  • Scott Reed, Emeritus Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement, Oregon State University
  • Fred Schlutt, Retired Vice Provost for Extension and Outreach at University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Rick Klemme, Former Executive Director, ECOP
  • Jimmy Henning, Extension Professor, Former Director of Cooperative Extension Service, University of Kentucky
  • Chuck Hibberd, Retired Dean of Cooperative Extension, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  • Chuck Ross, Retired Director of Extension, University of Vermont

The addition of three new catalysts will help support the increase of programs served by the NTAE Program Accelerator for 2021-2022. Year 3 projects will be announced in August, 2021. For more information on the NTAE Program Accelerator, please visit

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The Extension Foundation was formed in 2006 by Extension Directors and Administrators. Today, the Foundation partners with Cooperative Extension through liaison roles and a formal plan of work with the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) to increase system capacity while providing programmatic services, and helping Extension programs scale and investigate new methods and models for implementing programs. The Foundation provides professional development to Cooperative Extension professionals and offers exclusive services to its members. In 2020 and 2021, the Extension Foundation has awarded 85% of its direct funding back to the Cooperative Extension System, 100% of funds are used to support Cooperative Extension initiatives. 

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