Regional Redesign Resource Page

OSU Extension is transitioning from a 10-region to a six-region administrative structure. The associated staffing plan is in development and will be phased in as appropriate. This change is driven in part by a budget reduction, and also by a need for increased operational efficiency and effectiveness.

This resource page provides status updates, reference materials, and frequently asked questions. We add information as it becomes available.

We also value hearing directly from you. Our leadership team welcomes the opportunity to meet with program, county, and regional teams—as well as with your stakeholders—to discuss what this administrative structure change means in the context of your work.

Overall timeline

Our goal is to have six regional directors hired in summer 2018. And to have our six regions fully functional with effective and efficient local leadership and operational support by January 2019.

Status and next steps

In July 2017, we learned that a portion of our budget designated for supporting OSU Extension’s regional administrative structure would be reduced, phasing from $1.05 million to zero by 2020. Based on changes that have been through June 2018, the total cost of our regional administrative structure has been adjusted by $528,000.

During the next year we will continue to explore opportunities for efficiency. Here’s what is in effect now, and what is coming next.

Regional map

We are moving to a six-region structure. See previous regional maps below.

Regional Directors

Here is the position profile for a regional director.

  • Coastal: Wiley Thompson serves as regional director.
  • Metro: Angela Sandino will serve as regional director, effective September 17. Mike Bondi and Wiley Thompson will continue to assist with the transition of leadership in the region.
  • Western: Richard Riggs serves as regional director.
  • Southern: Willie Riggs serves as regional director.
  • Central: Dana Martin serves as regional director.
  • Eastern: Natalie Kinion serves as regional director.

Extension roles, responsibilities, staffing structure

Other aspects of our regional administrative structure and staffing require more discussion, input, and analysis.

Ultimately, we need to allocate our administrative budget responsibly, while having the right people doing the right things: Regional directors providing strategic leadership, local leaders providing more detailed focus on county and local needs and relationships, and both working as a team with Extension leadership, other employees, and OSU business centers and other support offices.

Extension Role Task Force (formed June 2018)

  • Purpose: To clarify and assess the specific roles and responsibilities needed for essential positions of the OSU Extension Service across the statewide organization—regional director, local leader, office manager, faculty, staff, etc.
  • Process: A facilitator will guide the discussion and activities during a one-day meeting. Input and recommendations from the task force will be added to recommendations from the Collaborative (November 14, 2017 meeting) and County Leader meeting during the OSU Extension Annual Conference (December 7, 2017). This information will be shared with the organization.    
  • Membership: The task force consists of individuals that represent various roles across our organization:
    • Jack Breen, UABC, Business Center Manager
    • Michelle Lopez, UABC, Human Resources Consultant
    • Sam Angima, Program Leader, Agriculture & Natural Resources
    • Jim Johnson, Program Leader, Forestry
    • Dana Martin, Regional Director, Central Oregon
    • Wiley Thompson, Regional Director, Oregon Coast
    • Troy Downing, Dairy Specialist, Tillamook County Leader
    • Alisha Atha, Office Manager, Polk & Marion County Leader
    • Leticia Henderson, Livestock & Natural Resources, Baker and Union Counties
    • Liana Hardin, 4-H, Hood River County Leader
    • Lynn Squire, Office Manager, Clackamas County
    • Lindsay Davis, Office Manager, Clatsop County
    • Will Tucker, Linn County Commissioner
    • Luis Nava, Extension Citizen Advisory Network
    • Mark Labhart, Extension Citizen Advisory Network
    • Kevin Leahy, Extension Citizen Advisory Network

Learn more, provide input, and connect

Here are several ways to learn more about our evolving regional structure and other OSU Extension initiatives, and connect with our leadership teams and your colleagues.

Upcoming:

  • Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversation, Nov. 16, 2018, 9 a.m.
    Join in Kidder 202 on campus, or online (live chat available)

Ongoing:

  • Weekly ConnEXTions newsletter
  • Online form to submit questions
  • You are always welcome to contact members of our leadership team directly, and we welcome the opportunity to meet with program, county, and regional teams—as well as with your stakeholders—to discuss what this administrative structure change means in the context of your work.

Webinar recordings

History of our evolving regional structure

We have been on this path since 2010, when OSU Extension moved from a county-based model to regions. We have moved from 36 county units first to 12 regions, then 10, and now 6.

We began specific conversations about this phase of our evolution with Regional Administrators and Program Leaders (who convene as the OSU Extension Collaborative team) in August 2017. Since then, we have continued conversations and consultations with individuals, county and program teams, the Collaborative, various OSU leaders and offices, and ECAN and other stakeholders.

History

Frequently asked questions

What’s driving this change?
OSU Extension is a complex matrix organization, and there are multiple drivers.

In July 2017, we learned that a significant portion of our budget designated for administration would be reduced, phasing from $1.05 million to zero by FY20.

We were already on a course toward fewer regions. This budget reduction added urgency and pressure to change more quickly than we envisioned.

We have placed a priority on reducing administrative expenses to preserve program budgets, which directly support the programs and services Extension employees provide in communities statewide.

Why these six regions?
This six-region map aligns more closely with several of our partners, who also operate with county and regional structures (e.g., Association of Oregon Counties, Regional Solutions).

Internally, these regions allow for effective and streamlined operations management.

Where will Regional Directors be located?
This will be a conversation with each regional director.