By Marissa Hatlen
As the University of Wisconsin-Extension begins implementing its new staffing model across the state, residents will see a new face at the head of Extension projects. Rob Burke, formerly the Community Development Educator for the Door County UW-Extension office, took on the newly created role of Area Extension Director on July 1, overseeing Door, Kewaunee, and Manitowoc County offices. While some details of the new structure are still being determined, Burke said he is confident the change will have a positive impact on Extension’s services.
This increased availability of experts and educators from around the state will allow county offices to offer more programming on a wider variety of topics, and while Extension administration will transition to a more centralized model, county offices will remain open, meaning residents will continue to enjoy local access to Extension services.