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UMass Extension Board of Public Overseers

The UMass Extension Board of Public Overseers was created in 1997 to give stakeholders in UMass Extension areas a formal advisory role. The Board, a majority of whose members are appointed by the Governor, advises the Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Extension staff on goals, budget, and program. 

Upcoming Meetings:

The next meeting is scheduled for Friday, October 20, 2017. Meetings are scheduled for 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at UMass Collaborative Service Center, 333 South Street, Shrewsbury, MA.
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Meeting Notes

Responsibilities & Membership

The appointed members of the board serve for terms of five years, except for those appointed to fill a vacancy for unexpired term. The board holds its annual meeting in January and meets at least three other times during the year. The University of Massachusetts Extension director attends all meetings of the board and serves as secretary but has no vote in its deliberation. Eight members of the board constitute a quorum.


Members are nominated as follows:

  • Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation – 4 members from among 12 nominations
  • Massachusetts Arborists Association – 2 members from among 5 nominations
  • Massachusetts Audubon Society – 1 member from among 3 nominations
  • Massachusetts Forest Alliance, successor organization to the Massachusetts Forestry Association – 1 member from among 3 nominations
  • Massachusetts 4-H Foundation – 1 member from among 3 nominations
  • Massachusetts State 4-H Council – 1 member from among 3 nominations
  • Massachusetts Nutrition Board – 1 member from among 3 nominations
  • Massachusetts Commissioner of Agricultural Resources
  • University of Massachusetts President’s Office
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellor’s Office
  • UMass Extension Director’s Office (ex-officio)


In creating the board, the General Court gave it the power to adopt a policy for the conduct of business, including constitution of board membership. Policies may be amended or repealed by a two-thirds vote of its members. In December, 2005, the board adopted bylaws. Those bylaws create an Advisory Board of between five and fifteen members, including representatives of the Center for Agriculture, the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and the Massachusetts Senate.


The bylaws also created standing committees on Membership and Bylaws,
Planning and Evaluation, and Budget and Policy Advocacy.


Members

April, 2017

Jack Angley, Chair
Carver, Massachusetts
Representing the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation, Inc.
 
Matt Barron
Chesterfield, Massachusetts
Representing the Massachusetts Forest Alliance
 
Patricia E. Bigelow
Boylston, Massachusetts
Representing the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation, Inc.
 
Edward Davidian, Vice Chair
Northboro, Massachusetts
Representing the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation, Inc.
 
J. Lynn Griesemer
Amherst, Massachusetts
Executive Director, Donahue Institute, University of Massachusetts
Representing the Office of the President, University of Massachusetts
 
Karen Heymann
Lincoln, Massachusetts
Representing Mass. Audubon
 
Jody Jellison
Amherst, Massachusetts
Director of UMass Extension and Secretary to the Board of Public Overseers
 
John Lebeaux
Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources
 
John Lee
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Representing the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation, Inc.
 
Michael E. Lueders
Medfield, Massachusetts
Representing the Massachusetts Arborists Association
 
Deborah Phillips
Great Barrington, Massachusetts
Representing the Massachusetts Nutrition Board
Nominee Pending Appointment by Governor
 
Theodore H.N. Wales, Jr.
Needham, Massachusetts
Representing the Massachusetts Arborists Association
 
Vacant
Amherst, Massachusetts
Representing the Chancellor’s Office, University of Massachusetts

Vacant
Representing the Massachusetts 4-H Foundation
 
UMass Extension Board of Public Overseers Advisory Board:
 
Mary Jane Bacon
Northampton, Massachusetts
Representing the Office of Senator Stanley Rosenberg
 
Edward Bourgeois
Amherst, Massachusetts
Nominated by the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation, Inc.