The search is on for the next leader of University of Vermont Extension. Since its founding in 1913, UVM Extension has developed strong relationships with a wide variety of constituents, assessing their needs and developing programs to address critical issues they face. Currently, more than 160 Extension faculty, program staff, and administrative personnel work across the state to deliver education, applied research and service that improves the lives of Vermonters. An accomplished, inspiring Director is needed to help guide this vibrant and diverse organization into the future.

UVM Extension’s programs have continuously evolved to address the changing needs and composition of Vermont’s communities. Today, Extension has eight areas of focus: 4-H, Youth and Families; Clean Water; Consumer and Community Horticulture; Engaged Communities; Nutrition, Food and Health; Sustainable Agriculture; Sustainable Forests; and Thriving Economies.

Extension also has many unique entities that provide specialized outreach and research, including: the Across the Fence television program, Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Cereal Grains Lab, Lake Champlain Sea Grant Institute, Northeast Center to Advance Food Safety, Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program, Proctor Maple Research Center, and the Vermont Tourism Research Center.

Once supported solely with a mix of county, state and federal funds, today Extension secures external funding to support much of its work, which is regional or statewide in scope. Its annual budget is $26 million with over $15 million of that coming from grants, gifts and contracts.

The Director will be an Associate Dean and faculty member within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). The College is a hub for UVM’s land-grant activities. There are 136 Land-grant institutions of higher learning across the country. These were established by legislation put forward by Vermont Senator Justin Morrill. The Morrill Land Grant Acts of 1862, and 1890 established a new system of practical skill-oriented higher learning across the United States, characterized by the three pillars of research, teaching and engagement/extension.

The Director will promote Extension’s work and advocate for its interests, helping to build enduring relationships with agencies, organizations and philanthropic supporters of Extension programs. The Director will foster an environment conducive to academic quality, collegiality, innovation, and open discussion, and an appreciation for ethnic, cultural and social diversity.

To view the full position description and to complete an application, go to, position #00024336. Applications are due by November 1, 2020.  


Vernon Grubinger