Program Leadership Network (SR-PLN)
Description and Guidelines1
The SR-PLN1 is authorized
by and is administratively responsible to the Association of Southern
Region Extension Directors (ASRED) and the Association of Extension
The following three groups comprise the SR-PLN.
- Program Committees (PCs)-There are eight program committees. Each
is comprised of one representative from each southern region 1862 land-grant
institution and one representative from each 1890 land-grant institution.
- Program Leadership Committee (SR-PLC)-This is a representative committee
of 21 with 20 members elected from the PCs, ASRED, and AEA and the Past
Chair of PLC as Chair of the Executive Committee.
- Executive Committee (EC)-This committee works on behalf of the PCs
and SR-PLC, and is comprised of eight members.
SR-PLN is responsible to AEA and ASRED. Relative to SR-PLN membership,
AEA and ASRED members have responsibility for the following:
- Appoint and support PC members who have vision, interest, and commitment
to serve, and provide time and encouragement for service in the roles
accepted by appointees.
- Appoint administrative advisors to each of the PCs and the SR-PLC
who will attend, participate, provide guidance and support regional
efforts of the committees.
- Appoint representatives to the EC who will attend, participate, provide
guidance and support the work of the group.
- Receive and respond appropriately to recommendations from SR-PLN in
a timely and judicious manner.
- Support appropriately the initiatives of the SR-PLN through the commitment
of staff and programmatic support and assessments.
The mission of the SR-PLN is to foster and strengthen Extension
education programming throughout the southern region by promoting multistate
cooperation, anticipating emerging program issues and needs, and implementing
action processes to address them in a timely manner.
The SR-PLN will anticipate emerging societal issues and
recommend or take actions that result in:
- State Extension programs that are strengthened through improved cooperation
in well-coordinated and effective multi-state and regional programming
- Multistate collaboration involving Extension and public and private
sector partners, both within and beyond the southern region;
- Engaged Extension educational programming involving public and private
sector partners, and diverse communities.
- Learning communities that benefit from lifelong education.
- Measurable benefits to individuals and communities.
- Demonstrated and recognized public value.
Expectations and Responsibilities
It is critical for states and institutions to maintain their own
identities, while benefiting from regional cooperation in Extension program
development. It is expected that every member of SR-PLN will be committed
to standing and ad hoc committees on which they serve. It is also expected
that this commitment will be facilitated by support of Directors and Administrators
such that work of SR-PLN becomes part of the "back home" workload.
Individually, commitment includes:
- Demonstrating engaged participation in all appropriate committees,
joint meetings, and activities (PC, SR-PLC, EC and ad hoc).
- Continuously serving in an active manner, and providing feedback to
respective Extension Administrators or Directors.
- Participating promptly via electronic communications in the interim
between face-to-face meetings.
SR-PLN's primary function is to provide programmatic leadership for
the region by identifying emerging issues and taking action to address
them. In addition, there are current, long-standing, and continuing issues
that can benefit from SR-PLN leadership that contributes to multistate
and regional cooperation. Examples include the development of curriculum
materials and programs, as well as professional staff development.
Communicating Across Program and Administrative Lines
The structure of SR-PLN allows multi-institutional communication within
and among disciplinary and functional lines. A key to success of cooperative
improvement is effective communications. This should include:
- Maintaining communication within and among the PCs, SR-PLC and EC;
between the SR-PLN and Directors and Administrators; and with personnel
and/or institutions that are not members of committees. Continual dialogue
should include electronic reports and conference calls, as appropriate.
- Establishing and maintaining external linkages to promote and maintain
partnerships, including entities within the region and with other regions.
Program Committees (PCs)
There are eight Program Committees (PCs):
- Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Program Leaders Committee.
- Community Development (CD) Program Leaders Committee.
- Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Program Leaders Committee.
- 4-H Youth Development (4-H) Program Leaders Committee.
- Communications (COM) Leaders Committee.2
- Information Technology (IT) Leaders Committee.2
- Middle Management (MM) Leaders Committee.
- Program and Staff Development (PSD) Leaders Committee.
Each land-grant institution has the opportunity to appoint an appropriate
representative to each PC. The decision to appoint a participant is based
upon the mission and direction of the institution. If an institution appoints
a representative, it is expected that the appointee will serve at least
one three-year term. Representatives may be reappointed to additional
Officers, Representatives, and Administrative
Each PC will elect a chair and vice-chair to serve a term of one year,
beginning the end of the last day of the annual meeting in which they
were elected and continuing until the end of the annual meeting in the
subsequent year. The vice-chair may be elected as chair following the
term as vice-chair. Committees may elect additional officers, e.g., secretary,
if needed. Leadership of each PC will be shared between 1862 and 1890
institutions. Ideally, and as representation allows, offices will rotate
between 1862 and 1890 institutions.
Each PC elects two representatives to the SR-PLC-one from an 1862 southern
land-grant institution and one from an 1890 land-grant institution. The
term of appointment is three years. Each PC will develop an internal process
for this election and appointment.
ASRED and AEA will each appoint an individual to serve as an advisor
to each PC; they will serve as co-administrative advisors.
Roles and Responsibilities
In support of the mission and vision of SR-PLN and from the perspective
of the particular program area, each PC will develop an Annual Work Plan
(AWP) that will be posted on the web and shared with SR-PLC for integration
into a SR-PLN AWP. The AWP for each committee will be brief and will include
major goals, objectives, timelines, action items and designations of responsibility
for the work of the committee during the year. AWPs should generally be
developed during the annual PLN meeting.
Each PC will develop a description of the roles and guidelines relevant
to the respective committee, which will be posted to the SR-PLN website.
These descriptions should include the roles of officers and representatives,
as well as operational guidelines that may be unique to the particular
Each PC will convene at least quarterly conference calls to include the
following agenda items:
- Emerging issues
- Review of regional AWP status/progress
- Review of PC web site and listserv
- Other items as determined by the PC
Each PC is responsible for ensuring that current e-mail addresses and
phone numbers are provided to the SR-PLN webmaster so that the web site
can be kept current and so that communications can be prompt and inclusive.
Southern Region Program Leadership
The SR-PLC is comprised of twenty one (21) members from the PCs and
from ASRED and AEA, as follows:
- One 1862 representative from, and selected by, each of the eight PCs.
- One 1890 representative from, and selected by, each of the eight PCs.
- An administrative advisor each from ASRED and AEA, selected by their
- One representative from, and selected by, ASRED.
- One representative from, and selected by, AEA.
- Past Chair of PLC, as chair of Executive Committee.
Members selected by PCs serve three-year staggered terms to provide continuity.
One-third of the PC representatives rotate off each year. Members from
ASRED and AEA serve terms designated by their respective organization.
If elected or appointed representatives to SR-PLC are absent from two
consecutive meetings (including electronic and face-to-face meetings),
the position will be declared vacant, and the EC will be notified to select
a replacement to serve the unexpired term in consultation with the Chair
of the appropriate committee.
The SR-PLC selects a chair and vice-chair from its membership of PC representatives.
Each serves for one year. The term of office begins at the end of the
last day of the annual meeting and continues for one year through the
end of the annual meeting the following year. The chair and vice-chair
are jointly responsible for communication to the total Extension system.
A nominating committee will be appointed by the PLC Chair to present a
slate of candidates. The committee will check with candidates to verify
ability and willingness to serve.
Roles and Responsibilities
The SR-PLC will develop a regional, integrated AWP, generally during the
annual meeting. It will include and build upon the input from the PCs
and from SR-PLC discussions of emerging issues. It will be posted to the
web, shared with Directors and Administrators, and will serve as a major
programmatic leadership document for the region.
The SR-PLC will convene at least quarterly conference calls that will
include the following agenda items:
- Emerging issues
- Review of regional AWP status/progress
- Review of SR-PLC web site and listservs
- Review annual conference details
- Other responsibilities as assigned by SR-PLC chair
The SR-PLC is responsible for ensuring that current e-mail addresses
and phone numbers are provided to the SR-PLN webmaster so that the web
site can be kept current and so that communication can be prompt and inclusive.
The SR-PLC will develop functional descriptions for each committee role,
i.e., chair, vice-chair, member, Administrative Advisor, and others, and
will develop operating guidelines for posting to the web.
The SR-PLC will prepare a plan for an Orientation and Leadership Retreat
to be held annually for the incoming leadership and advisors of the PCs,
SR-PLC and the EC. New directors, administrators and newly appointed associates
will be encouraged to participate.
The SR-PLC is responsible for planning the annual SR-PLN meeting.
Executive Committee (EC)
The SR-PLN Executive Committee is comprised of eight SR-PLC members:
- SR-PLC Chair
- Immediate Past Chair of SR-PLC
- Administrative Advisors from ASRED and AEA
- One Director chosen by ASRED
- One Administrator chosen by AEA
- One member elected by and from the four SR-PLC program areas (ANR,
FCS, CD, and 4-H of PLC).
- One member elected by and from the four SR-PLC non-subject matter
areas (MM, COM, IT, and PSD of PLC).
Members of the EC will serve two-year, staggered terms3.
If a member is absent from two consecutive meetings (including face-to-face
and electronic meetings), the position will be declared vacant and the
EC will, in consultation with appropriate groups, select a replacement
to serve the remainder of the unexpired term. In addition to the eight
regular members, the Executive Director of ASRED and other equivalent
officers will serve as ex officio members of the EC.
Officers of EC
The immediate past chair of the SR-PLC serves as the chair of the
EC. The current SR-PLC chair serves as the vice-chair and will succeed
to the EC chair. The EC chair and vice-chair serve one-year terms. Terms
of office begin at the end of the last day of the annual meeting and continue
through the end of the annual meeting the following year.
The EC will meet at least four times per year (once during the annual
SR-PLN meeting and others called by the chair). A detailed report of proposals
and actions will be presented each year to the joint ASRED/AEA meeting.
Roles and Responsibilities
The EC is the action arm of the SR-PLN, and is responsible for ensuring
prompt action on emerging issues and on a regional AWP, (generally developed
during the annual PLN meeting) and for promoting effective communication
between SR-PLN and Directors and Administrators. The EC will be responsible
for SR-PLN activities, particularly in the interim between scheduled meetings
of SR-PLC, and will have the authority to act on issues that emerge in
the region. It will be responsive to the guidance of SR-PLC and responsible
to the ASRED and AEA.
While most leadership will come from the components of SR-PLN, the EC
may appoint teams or taskforces to address multi-program issues. Like
the PCs and SR-PLC, ad hoc groups will develop and share AWPs.
As actions are taken, communication with SR-PLC, PCs, ASRED, AEA, and
the entire Extension system is important.
Annual SR-PLN Meeting
The annual meeting is planned to provide opportunity for
each SR-PLN group to meet separately as well as jointly. All participants
are expected to attend appropriate PC sessions and all joint PC and SR-PLC
sessions. The purpose of the joint sessions is to address emerging issues
common to all PCs and to encourage networking and partnerships. PC sessions
focus on issues specifically related to the committee assignment. Committees
are encouraged to work together when issues involve more than one committee.
SR-PLN meetings are planned to correspond with and partially
overlap the beginning of the ASRED/AEA fall meeting so that Directors
and Administrators can attend and be involved in SR-PLN sessions. Recommendations
from SR-PLN can then be heard and acted on at the subsequent ASRED/AEA
The annual meeting is typically scheduled at the end of
August or in September. Meeting sites rotate around the region according
to the ASRED/AEA schedule of fall meetings.
2002 by a SR-PLC Review Taskforce appointed by ASRED and AEA. Endorsed
by SR-PLC August, 2002 and approved by ASRED and AEA September, 2002.
The committee was led by David Foster and Lawrence Carter, SR-PLC Administrative
Advisors. Members were Adell Brown (LA), Mike French (AR), Charlene Jacobs
(KY), Margaret Johnson (SC), Judith Jones (VA), Rick Maurer (KY), Carolyn
Nobles (TX), and Noland Williams (KY). Bonnie Teater and Ron Brown staffed
spring 2004 to accommodate the creation of two separate committees (COM
and IT) from the original CIT Committee. Approved by the Executive Committee.
of Staggered Terms
To initiate staggered terms, the following
scenario will be used (where "1"represents a one-year term;
"2" represents a two-year term; "a" represents the
first year of a term; and "b" represents the second year of
|SR-PLC Imm. Past Chair