WVU Extension Service

Registration Open for Smith Lever Symposium

WVU SLSymposium will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act creating the Extension Service with a two-day symposium, Sept. 24-25, that brings together experts from around the country to discuss the future of the Service. A presidential panel on Wednesday evening will feature three WVU presidents — Gordon Gee, David Hardesty and Peter Magrath — who will each give their unique perspective and insight on the role Extension Service plays in fulfilling the land-grant mission.

Read the news release.

Register for the symposium.


New Research Funding Database Available through Office of Sponsored Programs ResearchDatabase

The WVU Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) has made a new database available to WVU faculty, students and staff. Pivot™ is a web-based discovery and workflow tool that combines a comprehensive source of global funding opportunities worth an estimated $33 billion with a unique database of 3 million pre-populated scholar profiles. Learn more from the OSP introductory document.



A Single Question Brings On the Band

Welcome WVU Band photo from McDowell County trip

When WVU President Gordon Gee visited McDowell County last spring, he asked how the University could help. Donald Reed asked about bringing the Pride of West Virginia, the WVU Mountaineer Marching Band to the county, the audience responded enthusiastically and the rest is history.

Two local high schools rescheduled their opening football game, the band added McDowell County to its travel itinerary for the Chik-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta, and an enthusiastic crowd in the state’s southern-most county got a big dose of Mountaineer spirit.

Watch the video.


WVU President Gordon Gee winds down 55-county tour, paints the State Fair gold and blue

gee tour

President Gordon Gee recently spread his message of ‘One West Virginia’ at one of the biggest events of the year – the 90th annual State Fair of West Virginia in Greenbrier County.


Joyce-McConnell Position description finalized and posted for Dean and Director of WVU Extension Service

Provost Joyce McConnell approves the position description and posting of WVU Extension Service’s Dean and Director.
Read more...


Follow President Gee’s Statewide Travels

WVU President Gordon Gee winds down 55-county tour; paints the State Fair gold and blue. See more at WVU Today.

WVU Dr. Gee at Hinton Energy Express Site President E. Gordon Gee is making good progress on his commitment to visit all 55 West Virginia counties in his first year. As of late June, he had visited 31. Since WVU Extension is considered the ‘front porch’ of WVU across the state, it only makes sense that our agents and staff have had the privilege of helping to arrange his local visits. In the picture here, President Gee posed with some Energy Express participants in Hinton. Read his blog to learn more and see more pictures!


Registration Open for Community Leadership Academy

Registration Community Leadership Academy is now open for the 2014 Community Leadership Academy, scheduled for Oct. 1-3 at Lakeview Golf Resort & Spa in Morgantown.

This annual program helps emerging and established leaders identify and build on their community’s assets to take advantage of development issues in West Virginia and surrounding regions.

It provides local government officials with a solid foundation in public organizational and financial management. Topics emphasize enhancing personal leadership skills and providing an understanding of current, complex issues affecting communities.

The Community Leadership Academy is presented by WVU Extension Service Community Resources and Economic Development, in partnership with the W.Va. Community Development Hub, West Virginia Association of Counties, and County Commissioners’ Association of W.Va.

Resources to help market the event to your community are available here.

Click here to complete your own conference registration online.


PDF of Gee letter President Gee Recognizes Extension Anniversary

President Gee has released remarks to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act, which created the National Cooperative Extension Service. See more…

Print the PDF of President Gee's Letter



Historic Photos

Extension Service photo album West Virginia University Extension Service has served the people of the state for a century as the “front door” to the University in communities across the state. Witness the earlier years of WVU Extension’s partnership with West Virginians. See how the Extension agents created positive change through educational programs and initiatives with these historic photos.

WVU Extension Service, through trusted research and local experts, has helped advance the lives of West Virginians. With progressive solutions, WVU Extension will continue its mission into the next century. View the slideshow…


Extension Service100

Celebrating 100 Years of Extension!

This year marks 100 years of Extension and the Smith-Lever Act, and 100 years of serving the people of West Virginia. To help you celebrate this milestone in your counties and programs, we have developed a number of resources based around a unique WVU Extension 100 logo.

Initially, these resources include an email signature image, page runners, talking points, social media graphics, and the logo in a variety of formats. New items and additions will be added throughout the year, including a “WVU Extension Birthday in a Box” kit for summer programs.

WVU Extension 100 Resource Page