University of Missouri Extension County Council Manual - Page 4

Section 3: The council and MU Extension -- Partnership

Both University of Missouri Extension and the county extension council have specific powers and duties, a number of which they must exercise together. MU Extension and the council are partners in the delivery of adult education to Missouri. This partnership runs deeper than the specific duties imposed by the statutes. Neither would be able to carry out its duties effectively without cooperation of the other.

As in all partnerships, respect for the rights of the other is essential. It is important for each partner to know the duties of the other and not to interfere in that partner's work. The emphasis must be on cooperation. MU Extension views the extension council as having "ownership" in the educational programs offered in the county through extension. Only when the council members view extension in their county as "theirs" is what was intended more than 130 years ago for the "people's university" accomplished. The adult education needs of your county are a council and staff responsibility. Adult education through extension is a partnership. Council members are partners.

University of Missouri Extension in Missouri involves an 1862 land-grant university -- the University of Missouri System with campuses in Columbia, Kansas City, Rolla and St. Louis -- and an 1892 land-grant university -- Lincoln University in Jefferson City. They are united by an agreement to coordinate extension programs from the research base of each through one set of field staff, who use information to meet the needs of people in all of Missouri's 114 counties and the city of St. Louis.

Organizational relationships

The University of Missouri Extension program is accountable to the University of Missouri System Board of Curators, whose nine members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Missouri Senate.

The University of Missouri Extension program is accountable to the University of Missouri System Board of Curators, whose nine members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Missouri Senate.

The UM System president administratively is responsible to the curators. The chancellors of the four campuses and UM System staff administratively are responsible to the president.

Each campus under its chancellor has an administrator who directs the University of Missouri Extension program on that campus and, together with the various deans of the schools and colleges, is responsible for the extension program on that campus.

Extension programs differ from campus to campus. The UM System president delegates oversight of University of Missouri Extension to the vice provost for University of Missouri.

The vice provost represents the president of the UM System and Lincoln University and gives overall direction to all University of Missouri Extension programs. The vice provost also is designated as director of cooperative extension and as such is the state extension representative to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which has overall federal responsibility for extension nationwide. Cooperative extension is a three-way partnership -- federal, state and local.

The UM System president is advised on extension programs by the University of Missouri State Extension Council, composed of citizens from across the state who have a working knowledge of University of Missouri Extension, gained by their service as either a current or former county extension council member. These citizens are elected by the Regional Council in their respective regions. The council provides advice, guidance and support to the statewide extension program. The council also serves as a sounding board for new program ideas and for evaluation of implemented programs. Its purpose is to promote the common interest of Missouri extension county councils by engaging in support for research and extension program of the University of Missouri and Lincoln University at all levels of government and to disseminate information concerning the need for and advantage of research and extension.

The state is divided into eight regions headed by regional directors. Regional directors are administratively responsible for the regional specialists located within their respective regions. They also oversee the county extension centers, which are managed locally by county program directors (CPDs). CPDs are regional campus specialists who are selected by their regional director and approved by the extension council. The CPD, as office manager and overall coordinator, works with the council in planning and implementing an effective program that meets the expressed needs of the people in that county.

Program development and management are responsibilities of the University of Missouri Extension system program directors. University Extension's four major program emphases are: agriculture, community resource development, continuing education, and family strengths/4-H youth development. System program directors work with regional directors, campus deans and regional specialists in developing programs.

A series of IMPACT leaflets were developed to assist the councils. Please refer to: