Our mission is to build leaders in Cooperative Extension at all levels and provide them with the vision, courage, and tools to lead in a changing world.

The NELD Program is designed for Cooperative Extension staff in the North Central Region of the United States who are selected by their administrators in their state.

University of Minnesota Extension is currently providing leadership to deliver the NELD Program in the North Central Region. This is a role they have had since 2011 and will continue in 2019 as they offer programming to Extension staff to deepen their capacity to lead.

The Purpose of NELD is to provide the opportunity for current and future Extension leaders and administrators to:

NELD programming consists of four sessions, including one international cultural immersion experience to support deeper, more challenging learning and to align NELD with national interest in internationalizing Cooperative Extension.

The current class runs from January through September, 2019. You can view programming from previous NELD cohorts at the links below.

For more information about the NELD Program, contact:
Holli Arp

NELD locations Michigan State Universirty Extension Penn State Extension North Dakota State University Extension South Dakota State University Extension University of Nebraska Extension Kansas State Research and Extension University of Missouri Extension Purdue Extension Ohio State University Extension University of Minnesota Extension University of Wisconsin Extension Iowa State Extension University of Illinois Extension

Sample Program Participant Reflections

It was a great experience. Thanks for developing a curriculum to anchor this experience. I appreciate the active use of adult learning principles and the opportunities to learn together.
Most rewarding professional experience I have ever encountered. Cultural immersion experience was amazing, soul searching, and profound.
I really enjoyed interacting with NELD teammates and learning more about them professionally and personally. Thank you for stretching my perspectives and experiences as I build on my leadership and management.