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2018 Director Update Videos

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Dr. Richard Bonanno, NC State Extension director, shares organizational updates for employees via a monthly or bi-monthly video. Extension leadership aims to foster meaningful dialogue with employees, improving both how we share and how we listen.

Employees can submit feedback and questions for future update videos directly to Dr. Bonanno at

View the current year Director Update Videos here.

View archived director update videos for: 2022 | 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2017 | 2016

December 2018 | Holiday Edition

Watch as Dr. Bonanno closes out an eventful 2018 for Extension and sets the stage for another year of growth and prosperity in North Carolina. Safe and happy holidays to everyone!

October/November 2018

Summary of topics:

  • Hurricane recovery efforts
  • Extension State Conference (Nov. 13-16)
  • Fair activities from around the state
  • Open enrollment reminder (Deadline is Oct. 31)

September 2018

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July/August 2018

Summary of topics:

  • Travels across the state
  • Mileage policy update for off-campus NC State employees (see more details)
  • New marketing tools in progress (Marketing and Communications Newsletter)
  • External firm, Techonomy, to assist with measuring Extension’s impact
  • Thanks to all for your Extension State Conference session submissions!

May/June 2018

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March/April 2018

Summary of topics:

  • Mileage exemption for off-campus Extension employees
  • County operations update
  • Homegrown video series launch
  • County video training program & employee video bios
  • Columbia shirts update

January/February 2018

Summary of topics:

  • Welcome to our new employees!
  • Extension Org Development updates (Customer Experience Initiative and training programs)
  • 2018 Extension Annual Report will be released in March – great work by all!
  • N.C. Extension Gardener Handbook is available to order (order on UNC Press or access content on Extension site); other publications like the Ag Chem Manual and turfgrass manual are available as well
  • Welcome to Sarah Kirby, our new FCS state program leader
  • Thank you to Sheri Schwab, current director of county operations, who is transitioning to the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity (OIED) as interim vice provost