The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at N.C. State University announced a strategic plan for restructuring the centuryold organization by targeting its strengths, improving access to services across the state and refocusing resources to support its refined core areas. The Extension Service will implement its strategic plan during a 22- month transition period through July 2016. Dr. Joe Zublena, director of the Extension Service at N.C. State, presented the plan to Extension employees across the state via a webinar on August 12.
“We’re better aligning our resources and refocusing on three core areas: Agriculture, Food and 4-H Youth Development,” said Zublena. “These are the areas where we are most needed, best equipped to provide solutions, and can make the most impacts on North Carolina's communities and economy."
The Extension Service has experienced federal and state funding reductions of $13 million since 2008 and a total of $22 million since 1991. During that time, the organization has permanently lost 157 county and campus-based positions through attrition. Yet Zublena points to proactive, positive opportunities as a primary factor in the restructuring.