Richard M. Klemme (Rick) is Executive Director for Extension Committee on Organization and Policy, February 2017 – present. He is responsible for coordinating the collaborative work of 76 Cooperative Extension Directors and Administrators at Land-Grant Universities across the country. Primary responsibilities focus on federal budget advocacy support, Farm Bill engagement and building relationships with the United States Department of Agriculture as well as other federal agencies.
As Dean and Director for Cooperative Extension, University of Wisconsin-Extension, 2/2007 – 11/2016 Rick was responsible for an annual budget of $84m/year over 900 faculty, academic staff, and classified staff in all 72 counties and on 7 UW System campuses. The work of Cooperative Extension is about engaging the people in counties, using University of Wisconsin resources, to transform their lives and that of their communities. Rick’s role was to assist our colleagues in building relationships with public and private funders, developing partnerships, carrying out educational programs, evaluating the program outcomes, and communicating those outcomes effectively with funders.
During his tenure at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Rick served as Associate Dean for Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, 2000-2007; Director, Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1989-2000, and Faculty, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1980 -2016
ACADEMIC TRAINING – B.S., Economics and Mathematics, Illinois State University, 1976; M.S., Agricultural Economics, Purdue University, 1978; Ph.D., Agricultural Economics, Purdue University, 1980.