“This structure will allow Extension to continue to meet high-priority needs with the ability to grow and contract as funding changes,” Grant said.

During the announcement, Grant stressed that the restructuring plan was only a “blueprint” for future planning and analysis of program implementation.

“We have a lot more work ahead of us as we move into the implementation phase of this restructuring process,” Grant said. “Over the next six months, we will be meeting with our local partners to discuss their programming needs and develop a plan to transition to this new structure. We will also implement the program priorities identified in the strategic plan.”

Grant, who assumed temporary leadership of Extension in May, explained that the restructuring plan is a culmination of a planning process that also included the development of a five-year strategic plan that identifies the organization’s programming priorities. This comprehensive process involved not only Extension faculty and staff, but also numerous internal and external stakeholders, including government officials, Extension volunteers, and industry representatives.

“While we are restructuring our administrative functions and updating our programs, our focus continues to be on the delivery of high-quality, research-based educational programs designed to serve Virginians,” Grant said. “This plan builds on the long tradition of Extension excellence and creates a modern organization that transfers and applies the research at Virginia Tech and Virginia State University. This unique ability of Extension to bring research developments to the benefit of local communities has been, and now can continue to be, a cornerstone for growth across the commonwealth.”
The restructuring and strategic plans can be viewed on the Extension Web site at http://www.ext.vt.edu/restructuring/index.html.