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
|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
Retired ECSD educator; 4-H Volunteer
Director, Chemung County Youth Advocate Program
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
Last updated March 31, 2017