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Extension21 – Support Modernization for Virginia Cooperative Extension

Part 1 of a 2-part series on program support projects happening in Virginia and Pennsylvania. If interested, also plan to participate in Part 2 on November 9th, Not your father’s Extension! The transformation of an organizational model. Audience: Extension directors, administrators, communication professionals, program teams and anyone else interested.

Extension21 - Virginia Cooperative Extension has begun a four-year modernization initiative aimed at improving its program support infrastructure to better meet the needs of our Extension professionals, and address the expectations of our clientele. Extension21 will help position the organization for its role in meeting the program support needs of a 21st century educational organization.

Our presenter is Neal Vines. Neal is the Director of Information Technology for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech. He directs the central college IT unit which provides IT services to one of the largest and most geographically dispersed academic colleges at the university. As Director he provides leadership for information technology initiatives, strategic planning and budgeting for the college. He represents the college on university and national committees. In addition to his IT director responsibilities, he serves as the chair of the university IT Council. He has been an IT professional for over 30 years, having served as Extension IT director at Virginia Tech, and college IT director at Purdue and Penn State universities before returning to Virginia Tech in 2014.

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About the Extension Foundation

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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