Board & Governance

People support decisions they help to make, and Cornell Cooperative Extension believes strongly in shared leadership through locally elected Boards of Directors and active program development committees.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wayne County is governed by a 13 member Board of Directors, including one voting member appointed by the Wayne County Board of Supervisors and one representative from Cornell University, as defined by our Constitution. The board includes volunteers from towns throughout Wayne County who bring their knowledge of community needs and concerns to the governance of this organization. Our board sets policy, hires staff, prioritizes educational programs and works with Extension's educational staff to ensure program effectiveness.

Program Committees for each of our issue areas guide the direction of the workshops, classes and other services that we offer the residents of Wayne County, and review the effectiveness of our efforts. Our programs have evolved over the years to reflect changes in values, ethics, community norms, family structures, mobility and the economy in direct response to this grassroots community involvement.

CCE-Wayne is delighted to have active and diverse Board of Directors and Program Committees, which are key to achieving strong and meaningful community impacts! If, as you read more about how we are governed, you believe you have a contribution to make to our programming as a volunteer, please get in touch! We welcome your input and ideas!

Persons with an interest in serving a three-year term as a member of our Board of Directors are encouraged to submit an application throughout the year. Applications are accepted all year. Final applications, prior to elections, this year's applications are due Tuesday, October 10, 2023.  Elections only take place during our annual meeting, normally held on the first Friday in November, this year Nov 3, 2023. Individuals who bring a diverse perspective and are supportive of diversity and equality are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information please read the 2023 press release here.

For 2023: Board meetings are normally held on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:15 p.m. at the CCE Office in Newark.   Please call the office if you would like to participate.  Operating Guidelines of the Board of Directors can be found here. There may be changes in the year’s meeting schedule due to holidays. The Board does not normally meet in August or in November. The Board of Directors sets the direction for all current and new programs of Cornell Cooperative Extension Wayne County, in addition to having responsibility for finance and human resources for the association. Applications are reviewed by the nominations committee. There are special eligibility requirements, please check Article V of the Constitution, found above. This year’s annual meeting will be held on Friday, November 3, 2022.

Last updated February 26, 2024