By  September 20, 2019 - 11:39am

Two options for the administrative structure of UK Extension have been shared. An overview of the models is available here. We are moving methodically, but quickly, toward a solution that will guide us going forward. We need input from Extension personnel and stakeholders. 

Both models use multi-county areas with Area Extension Directors and group areas in regions led by Regional Extension Directors. 

Our goals with a new structure are to:

  • increase agent time available for programming;
  • increase mentoring opportunities between agents and supervisors;
  • streamline our fiscal accountability and compliance; and
  • reduce our staff to supervisor ratios.

Both of the models presented today will be funded with state and federal dollars. County contributions are expected to incrementally increase over the next three years. These county funds will continue to support the county offices and local programming. Our full funding model will be reviewed to ensure a base level of programming remains in place across the state.

The new area groupings establish administrative boundaries. Current multi-county and district-based programming, clubs and groups do not have to change. New programming will not be limited to the new area or regional groupings. 

The two options presented are based on feedback in the TEConomy executive summary that was released on Monday. Please review the materials on the website and share pros and cons by September 30th utilizing the feedback form on the Extension Transition website.  

The administrative model will be finalized and announced later this fall.