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2021 Director Update Videos

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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

View the current year Director Update Videos.

View archived director update videos for: 2022 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016

November / December 2021

Dr. Rich Bonanno, director of NC State Extension, shares an end-of-year message with employees as we put a bow on 2021.

If 2020 was an unprecedented year of challenges and change, then 2021 was a year of affirmation and determination. Affirmation of Extension’s relevance and value to our state, made possible by the determination of individuals who are invested in their communities and their neighbors.

Thank you for all that you do, and happy new year on behalf of the Extension leadership team at NC State! We look forward to working alongside you to continue serving and growing our state in 2022.

September / October 2021

Summary of topics:

  • Updates on Extension State Conference 2021 (Register in XLMS)
  • Google Translate capabilities on Extension websites
  • Flexibility around Fall / Winter meetings and program delivery

July / August 2021

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May / June 2021

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Also, the North Carolina Broadband Survey aims to identify locations in the state without adequate internet access and speeds. This survey will help guide investment of funds through state grants, inform research and policy recommendations and support strategic targeting of additional funding streams moving forward.

This is an important initiative and Extension can play a valuable role. Please keep the survey in mind, particularly in rural areas, and help promote it as appropriate.

March / April 2021

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January / February 2021

Summary of topics:

  • CALS Community Conversations and Town Halls
  • COVID-19 Operations Update
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Testing and Resources
  • Farmworker Vaccination Efforts
  • 4-H Livestock Shows
  • NC State Extension Annual Report Materials (in progress)
  • Upcoming Evaluations for CEDs and Extension Director