By Tim Kowols
Rob Burke is not a stranger to the work the University of Wisconsin-Extension does, but he is still getting used to his new position. The longtime community development educator for Door County, Burke began transitioning to his new role as the Area Extension Director for Door, Kewaunee and Manitowoc Counties when the UW-Extension started its reorganization efforts. Although he misses the engagement he had in the community as an educator, the more administrative role has suited Burke well.
Changes to the UW-Extension program continue to occur throughout the state since July’s reorganization. Some offices like Juneau County are having their budgets cut while UW-Madison absorbed the UW-Extension’s divisions earlier this month when UW Regents voted 16-2 to merge the system’s two-year colleges with its four-year universities.