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Eric Killian

Eric Killian
Advisory Board
University of Nevada Reno
Phone: (702) 222-3130

Eric is the University of Nevada Reno Extension Southern Area Director. He oversees the daily activities for Clark, Lincoln and southern Nye Counties. In this role, he provides leadership to over 160 faculty and staff in three counties, 10 offices and a multi-million dollar budget.

Over his 25 year multi-faceted extension career, Killian has demonstrated outstanding leadership in a wide variety of extension topics and programming. Nationally, he is well known and widely respected among Extension professionals for his varied and numerous national taskforce and committee involvement. Killian has held leadership positions and key roles with most of the national Children, Youth, and Family Extension initiatives of the past 25 years, including Youth-at-Risk programming, CYFAR, 4-H Afterschool, Extension Cares, and Military Partnerships. His contributions to extension programming and his involvement in several national initiatives have helped shape the direction, focus, and sustainability of these programs nationwide.

Over his tenure, Killian has worked at the county, area and state level with three university systems where he led program planning, staff development and management, training efforts and fostered relationships/partnerships with other organizations to further Extension’s reach and mission.

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Project Page: Career Progression for Urban Extension Professionals

To be successful in achieving Extension impact and community change in this environment, Extension professionals need flexibility from the academic system. Thus, new and innovative career tracks balanced with academic rigor – including promotion and tenure requirements – will help propel urban Extension professionals to both greater academic advancement and overall impact.