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 Onondaga County is governed by a 15 member Board of Directors that consists of 13 elected community volunteers; 2 voting members appointed by the Onondaga County Legislature and a representative from Cornell University. It includes people from towns throughout Onondaga 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 for each of our issue areas guide the direction of the workshops, classes and other services that we offer the residents of Onondaga County, and review 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-Onondaga is delighted to have active and diverse Board of Directors and Program Committees, 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!

Check out our 2020 Annual Meeting Keynote Address where 2015-2020 Board Member, David Duerr, reflects on his time on the Board of Directors, appreciation of the NYS Extension system, the excellence and impact of our local programming, and a vision of our future.


David Skeval
Executive Director

Last updated February 26, 2024