eXtension Foundation Leadership Council Meets, Launches ‘America’s Research-based Learning Network’

On September 19, the eXtension Foundation Leadership Council held its first meeting at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The role of the new eXtension Foundation National Leadership Council is to assist eXtension with taking the initiative to the highest level possible, both in terms of its content and in building private partnerships and support. Following the organizational meeting, a press conference at the Press Club announced the launch of “eXtension- America’s Research-based Learning Network”.

Front row (l to r): William Nelson, Susan Crowell, Ron Brown, Robert Bennett, David Roselle. Back row (l to r): Jimmy Henning, Dan Cotton, Bob Lewis, Dot Neale, Doug Steele, Ann Michel. Not pictured: Michael Ouart.
Press Conference for the eXtension Foundation Leadership Council.

The Council is a dynamic team of individuals including:

Robert F. Bennett, United States Senator (Utah, retired); Owner, Bennett Consulting Groups

Ron Brown, Ph.D., eXtension Foundation Board of Directors; Executive Director, Association of Southern Region Extension Directors; Mississippi State University

Dan Cotton, Executive Director, eXtension; University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Susan Crowell, Editor, Ohio Farm and Dairy

Jimmy Henning, Ph.D., President, eXtension Foundation; Director, University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service

Dot Neale, IBM Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs Manager – Ind./Ky./Mich./Ohio/Tenn.

William Nelson, Ph.D., President, CHS Foundation; Vice-President, Corporate Citizenship, CHS Inc.

Michael Ouart, Ph.D., Chair, eXtension Finance Task Force; Vice Provost and Director of Cooperative Extension, University of Missouri

David Roselle, Ph.D. – Council Convener; Director, Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library; President Emeritus, University of Delaware

Doug Steele, Ph.D., Chair, Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP); Director, Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A & M University

Bob Lewis, Chairman and Founder, and Ann Hagan-Michel, Marketing and Development, Global Advancement, LLC