Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director
The Cooperative Extension System (CES) administration exists to provide leadership, direction and primary vision to accomplish our organizational mission.
There are five basic administrative functions needed: 1) structure, 2) support, 3) functionality, 4) direction, and 5) organizational accountability.
• The structural needs refer to the organization of people and resources to accomplish our
• The administration has the responsibility to provide support financially and
programmatically by directly engaging with faculty, staff, and stakeholders and understanding
the diverse and complex physical, social, and political environments we work in.
• Our system must be functional in terms of processes and procedures needed to maintain
and support financial, personnel, and physical resources, and ensure fairness and equity.
• The administration is responsible for providing vision and thus directing the CES in a
resource limited environment that is heavily scrutinized.
• Ultimately, the CES central administrative team, as well as all of the appointed CES leaders in
the state, must be fully responsible and accountable for our leadership and management
decisions. When we err, we own it and fix it.
Collectively, the CES administration, consistent with all other administrative elements in the university, serves the organization. The administration facilitates and supports everyone across the CES in delivering programs and accomplishing our mission.