For faculty and staff

County Program Director Excellence Award


To recognize sustained distinguished performance and educational contributions to University of Missouri Extension and clientele by a county program director.


The County Program Director Excellence Award has been established to recognize sustained distinguished performance and educational contributions to University of Missouri Extension and clientele by a county program director. The county program director is an integral part of the extension organization and their local communities. This award has a $1,000 monetary stipend as well as the associated recognition for outstanding work in this important position.


University of Missouri Extension faculty who have served as county program director for two years or longer.


Career demonstrates:

  • Effectiveness with county extension council in setting county program priorities and acquiring additional resources (grants, collaborations, etc.).
  • Creative, innovative and original office management. Development of a cohesive office among all faculty and staff within the county that exemplifies a strong team.
  • Outstanding leadership and management skills; providing service outside the county to extension committees, professional organizations, etc., and demonstrating effectiveness as a team player with other specialists and county program directors.
  • Community connectedness, seen as a major player by others by promoting positive working relationships between University of Missouri Extension and other agencies and clientele.

Nominations and selection

County extension councils, extension faculty and staff members may nominate an individual specialist.

click the link located in the submission section  to name your nominee for this award.  Nominations will open on June 1 and are accepted through July 13.  Nominators will be directed through a simple form consisting of brief text fields, drop-down selection boxes, and a single 500 character (or less) description of why your nominee is deserving of the award.  An individual award nomination involves only 7 brief fields or clicks, and a team award nomination involves only 12 fields or clicks.  Note:  Nominator name and contact information are not required fields; you may nominate anonymously or self-nominate.

After submission of the nomination form, the nominee will be contacted in early July to complete an electronic application form.  Many fields on the application form will auto-populate from the nomination information.  The nominee may edit this information and/or complete a single narrative (limit 750 characters) describing their work.  A current CV (for faculty awards) is the only requirement with no adaptation necessary to relate to the award. An easy checkbox page will allow the applicant to select the required references, with an option to list two additional references.  Applications from nominees are accepted through August 15.

Following the application submission, the references will be contacted in August to complete one checkbox and a single limited text field to support the nomination.  So simple!

If you have questions regarding this process, please contact Tiffany McMichael at (573) 882-2394 or  For award-specific questions, please email

Nominations are reviewed by the Fellowship and Awards Committee appointed by the vice chancellor for extension. The committee — composed of representatives of UMEA, Epsilon Sigma Phi, the University of Missouri campuses and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Extension and Engagement — makes recommendations to the vice chancellor, who makes the final selection.


Click here to submit your nominations:

For award questions, please email:

Award location

Award will be presented at annual conference or its equivalent (Galaxy).

Award recipients


2017 Joseph William Koenen
2016 David L. Burton
2015 Georgia Marie Stuart Simmons
2014 Phyllis Ann Flanigan
2013 Mary Kathryn Dothage
2012 Rebecca J. Travnichek
2011 Cynthia E. Crawford
2010 Jay S. Chism