WVU Extension Service

The traditional Extension Focus newsletter has been retired. It’s been replaced by a new blog, the Extension Voice. Items will be added as they are received, rather than on a set publication schedule. As in the past, critical items will still be sent ES-ALL to make sure no one misses them.

Mark Your Calendar –

Please reserve September 19-21 for our 2017 Annual Conference.

Families and Health Director Search to Continue

On June 30, Dean Steve Bonanno announced that WVU Extension had been unable to negotiate a contract with the selected candidate for the position of Families and Health Program Unit Director.

Gina Taylor will continue serving as interim director as the search for a permanent director continues.

Clark Named Head of 4-H Youth Development

Brent Brent Clark Clark has been named director of the West Virginia 4-H Youth Development program unit, effective July 1.

Dean Steve Bonanno made the announcement on June 9.

A native of Princeton, West Virginia and a longtime 4-H’er, Brent has been with a part of Extension faculty for more than 14 years and has served as interim program director since October of last year.

Brent received a bachelor’s degree in sports medicine from Bluefield College and earned a master’s degree in strategic leadership from Mountain State University.

“Our statewide 4-H unit plays a critical role in helping West Virginia youths grow and become leaders within their communities, a mission that helps support a brighter future in West Virginia,” said Bonanno. “Brent will focus on researching new ways to reach West Virginia youths and will look critically at our 4-H programs to see how we can continue to help address the needs of our state for years to come.”

Performance Review Changes Announced

WVU Employee Relations has announced changes to the Performance Review forms and processes in order to provide a better supervisor and employee experience.

These changes are highlighted and outlined on the Employee Relations webpage.

Extension Human Resources must submit this year’s reviews to Employee Relations no later than October 31. To meet that deadline, WVU Extension – like most divisions and colleges – will be setting an earlier due date. Supervisors will be notified when that date has been set.

Employee Relations will be offering multiple training sessions for supervisors throughout the summer to provide updates on the forms, tools and processes as well as providing training on the importance of the performance review conversation. To see the schedule of general campus training sessions, please visit: https://wvutnd.augusoft.net/ and click on “courses” to view the list of workshops and to register.

Extension HR is working with Employee Relations to schedule regional training sessions. For more information, contact Extension Human Resources at 304-293-4555.

Michael Named Head of CEWD

David Tony Michael “Tony” Michael will become director of the Community, Economic and Workforce Development program unit, effective July 1.

Michael has been on faculty in Extension’s Institute for Labor Studies and Research program for more than 14 years, and has been the program leader of ILSR for 8 years.

During his announcement on June 2, Dean Steve Bonanno said, ” Tony will focus on developing collaborations to ensure Extension’s programs are available to the widest extent possible.”

The Talcott, West Virginia native holds a master’s degree from the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, and a juris doctor from the WVU College of Law.

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ANR Director Search to Continue

On May 25, Dean Steve Bonanno announced that WVU Extension had been unable to negotiate a contract with the selected candidate for the position of Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Unit Director.

“We will renew our advertisements and continue to take applications until a sufficient pool of qualified applicants is reached,” said Bonanno. “We are committed to finding the best, and right, director for our program units. Ronnie Helmondollar has graciously agreed to continue in the interim role.”