Board Governance

People support decisions they help to make, and Cornell Cooperative Extension believes strongly in shared leadership through locally elected Boards of Directors and active program development committees.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chemung County is governed by a 10 member Board of Directors that consists of 9 elected community volunteers; 1 voting member appointed by the Chemung County Legislature and a representative from Cornell University. It includes people from throughout Chemung County who bring their knowledge of community needs and concerns to the governance of this organization. Our board sets policy, hires staff, prioritizes educational programs and works with Extension's educational staff to ensure program effectiveness.

Program Committees and/or community input  guide the direction of the workshops, classes and other services that we offer the residents of Chemung County, and our board reviews the effectiveness of our efforts. Our programs have evolved over the years to reflect changes in values, ethics, community norms, family structures, mobility and the economy in direct response to this grassroots community involvement.

CCE-Chemung recognizes the importance of having an active, diverse board, as well as committees and multiple ways for community input, which are key to achieving strong and meaningful community impacts! If, as you read more about how we are governed, you believe you have a contribution to make to our programming as a volunteer, please get in touch! We welcome your input and ideas!


Name / Board Role Professional Affiliation

Tom Pipher, President

Beef Farmer

Jeffrey Benjamin, Vice President Employee Corning Inc; Farmer
Esther Good, Treasurer

Weight Watcher Receptionist; Retired Surgical Technician

Evelyn Williams, Secretary

Retired Nurse; Community Volunteer

Rodney J. Strange, Legislative Representative

Chemung County Legislator, 15th District

Russ Hyde

Retired ECSD educator; 4-H Volunteer

Nicholas Moffe

Director, Chemung County Youth Advocate Program 

Rhonda Schweiger

Retired Supervisor; Community Volunteer

Joe Devita, Jr.

Manager, Eldridge Park

Marcia Metcalfe Retired - Chemist Elmira College

Andrew G. Fagan

CCE Chemung Executive Director

Paul R. O’Connor

Cornell Representative/SCSBN

Last updated March 31, 2017