Program Leadership Committee
Conference Call
November 20, 2003

Nina Boston, IT, University of Arkansas
Carla Craycraft, Comm, University of Kentucky
Paul Coreil, ASRED Representative, Louisiana State University
Thelma J. Feaster, PSD and Member of PLN-EC, North Carolina A&T State University
Thelma Hunter-Sanders, FCS and Member of PLN-EC, Tennessee State University (on call for a short time)
Ed Jones, CD, North Carolina State University
Ross Love, ANR, Oklahoma State University
Gloria Mosby, Chair of PLC and Member of PLN-EC, CIT, Prairie View A&M University
Louie Rivers, ANR, Kentucky State University
Kent Rorie, PSD, University of Arkansas
Kathy Volanty, FCS, Texas A&M University
Linda Williams-Willis, AEA Advisor to PLC and PLN-EC, Prairie View A&M University
Joe Waldrum, PSD, University of Arkansas
Ex-Officio: Ron Brown, ASRED and Bonnie Teater, SRDC

Helen Brooks, MM, Alcorn State University
Charles Cox, Past Chair of PLC and Chair of PLN-EC, 4-H, Oklahoma State University (Karen  Brown took notes)
David Foster, ASRED Advisor to PLC and PLN-EC, Oklahoma State University
Charles Shepphard, CD, Alcorn State University
Noland Williams, AEA Representative to PLC and PLN-EC, Kentucky State University
Dorothy Wilson, 4-H Youth Development, Langston University (Dorothy has since called me and indicated that she has not been getting the
messages.  We confirmed email and she indicated that she is now getting information.)

Welcome and Introductions:
Gloria Mosby, Chair, welcomed the group. She specifically welcomed two new representatives to the call:  Carla Craycraft, 1862 representative from Communications, and Nina Boston, 1862 representative from IT. 

Advisors’ Reports:
It was also noted that due to the retirement of David Foster, Larry Turner has been appointed as the Advisor for a two year term.  Dr. Foster plans to attend the December meeting of PLC, but it was recommended that Dr. Turner be invited as well. 

After Dr. Willis joined the call, she reported to the group that Noland Williams is very ill and has been in the hospital in Intensive Care for approximately 2 weeks.   Dr. Willis also informed the group that Clyde Chesney was elected as AEA chair and would be responsible for making appointments.  She also noted that she had been contacted about the CECP website and requested links be checked to be sure that 1890 schools are linked.  During the discussion, it was noted that the CECP campus site needed logos from all institutions and requested that all individuals be sure that logos have been submitted. 

Committee Reports:
Mosby requested that each of the Program Committees report on status of Annual Work Plan, Minutes, Status of CECP activities and provide an update of Committee competencies. 

ANR—Ross Love and Louie Rivers
It was reported that there will be a National meeting of ANR program leaders in the spring.  During the August meeting, the ANR committee worked on a set of competencies.  Follow-up regarding requested information will be done by Love and Rivers.

Communications—Carla Craycraft and Gloria Mosby
Two audio conferences have been held since the last meeting.  One of those conferences was jointly with IT and the other conference was only Communications committee.   The committee is working on the following CECP modules:  Marketing your Program; Media Relations; Writing Newsletters.  The Committee’s minutes are posted and competencies have been submitted.

Community Development—Ed Jones
Jones reported that the Annual Work Plan for Community Development has been posted.  He also indicated that the committee is working on competencies and will have those available prior to the December meeting.  It was also noted that the EDEN project is interested in working closely with CECP.  A major regional conference is being planned for May 2004 in Tampa.    The committee is also working with a national group in the formation of the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals.

Family and Consumer Sciences—Kathy Volanty
The FCS committee met on October 10 by conference call.  Volanty reported that the group has four major subcommittees working on critical areas.  She also reported that the group is making progress on their Annual Work Plans.  The FCS Core Competencies have been posted.  The next meeting of the group is scheduled for January 9, 2004

There was no report.  However, Brown reported that CSREES has recently made available some funds for 4-H on a competitive basis by region, but on a 4-region competitive basis, while we operate on a 5-region basis.  He requested that as we have opportunity to discuss this with CSREES, we should encourage dispersal of funds on a 5-region basis.

Information Technology—Nina Boston
Boston reported that their committee has met jointly with Communications as well as individually.  The IT Committee has elected Dwayne Hunter to continue to serve as their chair.  Fred Piazza was elected as vice-chair and Howard Beck was elected as secretary.  Their competencies have been developed and the Annual Work Plan is being refined and will be submitted.  The CECP effort that IT is working on was Distance Learning.  The group has since found a site at Iowa State University that may fit that need and are pursuing cooperative work with Iowa State. 

It was noted by Ron Brown that ASRED has approvedexpanding CECP beyond the Southern region and further discussion will be held at the National Extension Directors’ meeting scheduled for February, 2004. As individual committees find opportunity to work with others outside the SR, they should proceed.

Brown also reported that during the recent meeting of ASRED and AEA, it was decided that the Centra Symposium System would be demonstratedfor directors and administrators.  The system will be demonstrated2 or 3 times and it was recommendation that someone from IT be available for those sessions.  Craycraft requested that when those dates are set that IT and Communications be made aware to support the effort.

Middle Management—Kent Rorie
Rorie reported that the Annual Work Plan is posted.  Also, MM is working closely with Staff Development to develop CECP modules.  The group is in the process of identifying urban contacts who will be participating in a pre-conference at the August PLN meeting.

Program and Staff Development—Thelma Feaster and Joe Waldrum
PSD Annual Work Plans are posted.  The Committee is currently working on modules with MM.

Program Committees
Feaster requested that all Program Leadership Committee members visit with their respective Program Committee Chair to be sure that any action items or other information will be brought to the December meeting for action.   Each of the Program Committee Representatives were requested to be sure that if their PC had not already done so, they should submit the following information to Bonnie Teater as soon as possible:

  • Annual Work Plan
  • Program Committee Competencies
  • Updated Listserv
  • Minutes
  • Updated Committee Membership roster and contact information

PLC has as a goal the inclusion of Minutes, Annual Work Plans (AWPs), and Competencies on the web pages of each PLC Committee. Following is the current status of what has been posted for each committee. Please update as soon as possible, but at least prior to the December 8-9 meeting.

Minutes: No
Core competencies: No


Minutes: Yes
AWP: Yes
Core competencies: No


Minutes: Yes
(The joint CIT AWP needs to be split.)
Core competencies: Yes

Minutes: No
Core competencies: Yes



Minutes: Yes
AWP: Yes
Core competencies: No


Minutes: Yes
(The joint CIT AWP needs to be split.)
Core competencies: Yes


Minutes: Yes
AWP: Yes
Core competencies: Yes


Minutes: Yes
AWP: Yes
Core competencies: No

Next Meeting:  December 8 and 9, 2003, in Biloxi, Mississippi
The agenda for the meeting was discussed and PLC members were requested to submit items no later than December 5.  It was noted that the meeting of SR-PLC is on December 8 and 9 and that the PLN Task Force on CECP will be meeting December 9 and 10 at the same location.  The group decided that the executive committee will meet on December 9 at 7:00 a.m. until 8:30 a.m.