Thursday, Mar 31, 2016 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PDT.
In 2009 WSU King County Extension’s plans to transform a 40-person county extension office into a metropolitan research center came to an abrupt halt. King County, reeling from the recession, slashed funding to WSU by almost 90%, eliminating nearly all Extension programming in Washington’s most populous county. Despite the extraordinary challenge, WSU maintained its long term vision, supported remaining programs and, in 2015, launched the Metropolitan Center for Applied Research and Extension. Join WSU Metropolitan Center Director, Dr. Brad Gaolach, as he describes this journey, how it strengthened WSU’s resolve to transform Extension in the metropolitan region, and how it adds value to county extension offices and the university as a whole. The webinar will be followed by Q&A with the presenter.
Brad Gaolach, Ph.D.
Director, WSU Metropolitan Center for Applied Research & Extension
Email Brad, 425.405.1734, Brad’s Website
Dr. Brad Gaolach is an Associate Professor, Washington State University Extension working on community sustainability in Washington’s metropolitan communities. He is the founding director for both WSU’s Metropolitan Center for Applied Research & Extension and the Western Center for Metropolitan Research and Extension.
Prior to his current appointment, he served as the County Director for the two most populous counties in Washington State. Trained as population and community ecologist, he brings systems and sustainability based approaches to community-based applied research and education programs. He has conducted applied research and developed extension programs ranging from water quality, climate change, agriculture, food systems, and community and economic development. Since joining WSU Extension in 2001, Dr. Gaolach has emphasized collaboration amongst the assets of WSU and community-based partners.