Program Leadership Committee
Savannah, GA
November 20, 2000


  Rick Maurer, University of Kentucky (Chair)
  Carolyn Nobles, Prairie View A&M University (Vice-Chair)
  Sarah Anderson, University of Arkansas
  Charles Artis, South Carolina State University
  Jack Bagent, Louisiana State University (Advisor)
  Bo Beaulieu, Southern Rural Development Center
  Claude Bess, Oklahoma State University
  Charles Cox, Oklahoma State University
  Fred Broughton, South Carolina State University
  Sam Felder, South Carolina State University
  Bill Harris, Texas A&M University
  James Hill, South Carolina State University
  Gloria Mosby, Prairie View A&M University
  Bonnie P. Teater, Southern Rural Development Center
  Jerry Whiteside, University of Georgia


  Lawrence Carter, Florida A&M University (Advisor)
  Carla Craycraft, University of Kentucky
  Nickey Jefferson, West Virginia State College

The meeting was called to order by Rick Maurer, PLC chair. After welcome and introductions, a brief history and overview of responsibilities was provided to all present.

Jack Bagent, 1862 advisor, indicated that the following action items were approved by the directors at their recent meeting:

Southern Region Program Leaders Annual Meeting, August 26-29, 2001, in Savannah
Aging Baby Boomers in the South
FCS Accountability Planning

He also reported that the directors and administrators will be meeting next fall on September 23-26, in Roanoke, Virginia. This will provide PLC with approximately 3 weeks to get all committee reports and action items prepared for presentation to the directors and administrators at their fall meeting.

Bagent also reported that the 1862 directors had voted to hire a Southern Region Extension Director whose responsibilities would include such things as coordinating regional efforts, provide a coordination function for competing for additional financial resources, and support multi-state efforts. It is anticipated that the announcement will be out in January with hopes to have the position filled by summer. The directors approved a 5-year commitment of $200,000 annually.

An overview of the Federal budget process and preliminary figures for budget increases was provided by Bagent. He did note that from 401 funds, there were two new regional efforts in the South: National Animal Waste Center and a Southern Region Center Water Quality program.


Agriculture and Natural Resources-Bill Harris/James Hill

Communications and Information Technology-Gloria

Community Development-Charles/Rick

4-H Youth Development-Charles/Sam

Family and Consumer Sciences-Sarah/Carolyn

Middle Management-Claude/Fred

Program and Staff Development-Jerry

Southern Region Website Update

The Southern Rural Development Center maintains the Southern Region Website. Information to be placed on the site comes from the individual program committees. The need for Multi-State Agreements to be posted to the site was discussed. A letter needs to be sent to all Program Committee Chairs encouraging them to get those agreements posted (Teater will send out.)

Sustainable Development Conference

Rick, Bo, and Bonnie participated in this regional training which attracted nearly 110 participants from all 13 Southern states. The Conference Planning Committee (Curtis Absher/Ed Jones, co-chairs) is continuing discussion, because participants really felt a need for further involvement. The Committee is trying to get a handle on the entire concept of sustainable development and will continually be in discussion regarding the topic. However, immediate action as a result of the meeting will be the following: (1) development of list serve of participants, (2) sending out powerpoint presentations to all participants, and (3) following up with state teams.

2001 Southern Region Program Leaders Meeting
August 26-29, 2001 - Savannah, Georgia

The Committee reviewed conference evaluations from the 2000 meeting and highlighted strengths, weaknesses, format, etc. that were presented by participants. After much discussion, the following theme and outline were addressed:

Theme: Building Quality Communities of Tomorrow . Today!!!

Monday a.m.
General Session-Quality Communities (Bo to check with someone from Drucker Foundation)
Panel Session-Texas, South Carolina State, and Louisiana Experiences
(process, issues and response)
Tuesday a.m.
Community Response

Names presented and persons to explore were:

Dr. Santana--Charles

William Parker-Sarah

Director of Migrant Work-Rick

Speaker from Multi-cultural conference-Carolyn

Facilitated Roundtable Discussions
Panel Response

Regional Administrator

Regional Director (newly-hired)

National CSREES Administrator (Bagent to check on Colleen Heffernan)

Follow-up Conference Calls

December 14-9:00 a.m. (Central) / 10:00 a.m. (Eastern)
February 23-9:00 a.m. (Central) / 10:00 a.m. (Eastern)
April 27-9:00 a.m. (Central) / 10:00 a.m. (Eastern)
June 22-9:00 a.m. (Central) / 10:00 a.m. (Eastern)