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Extension Organizational Development (EOD)

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The Extension Organizational Development (EOD) unit provides training on core competencies needed by all employees within Extension. EOD focuses its training and services on the following:
  • KNOWLEDGE of the organization; an understanding of its history, philosophy and contemporary nature of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and North Carolina Extension.
  • TECHNICAL SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTISE which involves the mastery of a scientific discipline, a research body of knowledge, a technical proficiency and/or skills unique to one’s position that enhances individual and organizational effectiveness within the context of their Extension roles. EOD involves on-campus specialists in the training and development of new county extension agents so that these new Extension employees develop the technical subject matter needed for their particular programmatic area.
  • PROGRAMMING or the ability to plan, design, implement, evaluate and account for significant Extension education programs that improve the quality of life for the citizens of North Carolina.
  • PROFESSIONALISM which involves the demonstration of behaviors that reflect high levels of performance, a strong worth ethic, a commitment to continuing education and to the mission and goals of the University, the College and Extension.
  • EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATIONS including the ability to effectively transfer and receive information. This also includes the ability to successfully interact with diverse individuals and groups creating effective partnerships, networks and dynamic human systems.
  • LEADERSHIP so that those in managerial and supervisory roles have the ability to positively influence their subordinates as well as a wide range of diverse individuals and groups.


The purpose of Extension Organizational Development (EOD) is to foster the growth and development of Extension employees by providing access to essential resources and training. Our goal is to help all employees excel in their careers, meet professional goals, and maximize their potential.


EOD collaborates with Extension employees to identify and enhance their skills and talents, through resources, training, and development opportunities. By enhancing their skills and talents, we empower Extension employees to fulfill the land-grant missions of North Carolina State University and North Carolina A&T State University, positively transforming the N.C. Cooperative Extension system.


EOD empowers all Extension employees to achieve greater levels of effectiveness and success in their work while fostering connections and networks with colleagues statewide.

Written By

Dave Herpy, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionDave HerpyExtension Organizational Development Coordinator Call Dave Email Dave Extension Organizational Development
NC State Extension, NC State University

Contributing Author

Eleanor Baker, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionEleanor BakerEOD Program Associate Call Eleanor Email Eleanor Extension Organizational Development
NC State Extension, NC State University
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