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2019 Director Update Videos

Dr. Rich Bonanno, NC State Extension director, shares organizational news and information for employees via a regular update 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

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November/December 2019

Watch as Dr. Bonanno closes out an eventful 2019 for Extension and sets the stage for another year of growth and prosperity in North Carolina. We wish a safe and happy holiday season to all of Extension!

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September/October 2019

Summary of topics:

July/August 2019

Summary of topics:

  • Visit with UNC System Interim President William Roper
  • Update on search for Extension associate director
  • Eventbrite pilot phase making progress in counties
  • Hiring key faculty with Extension appointments (see CALS is Hiring)
  • Plant Sciences Building groundbreaking is Sep. 6 – critical step forward for N.C. agriculture (learn more or watch live feed of construction)

May/June 2019

Summary of topics:

  • Extension annual report and impact resources available online
  • Extension State Conference scheduled for October 28-31
  • EIT is working with select counties to pilot our Eventbrite system
  • Sterling Frierson joins Extension as new Senior Director of Development
  • Extension Deputy Director Tom Melton is retiring this month – wish him well!

March/April 2019

Summary of topics:

  • County Agent Career Ladder Updates
  • New Eventbrite System Trial

January/February 2019

Summary of topics:

  • CALS Dean’s webinar with Extension (Feb. 6)
  • Employee W-2 forms available
  • Mileage rate policy update
  • Annual reporting reminder
  • Details on Extension publications (AgChem and Turfgrass manuals)
  • Congratulations to Dr. Tom Melton on his upcoming retirement!