Western Program and Organizational Leadership Committee (WPOLC)
The Western Program & Organizational Leadership Committee (WPOLC) is appointed by the Western Extension Directors Association (WEDA) and is comprised of one person from each of the member institutions, who is able to represent all of the Extension administrative and program function of their institution. The committee initiates and collaborates with the WEDA to identify, coordinate, and provide leadership for advancing regional and multi-state initiatives, exploring extramural funding opportunities to support those initiatives, and address operational and organizational issues of importance to Extension member institutions. The WPOLC may appoint special committees and/or task forces with membership internal and external to the WPOLC, to assist and help coordinate Extension initiatives, programs, and operational and organizational work. The WPOLC reports to and meets jointly with the WEDA at least annually to discuss activities and outcomes of the past year, and to initiate and discuss priorities for the future. WPOLC also conducts the selection process for the Western Extension Awards of Excellence, and the Western Extension Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award.
Extension program leader groups and Regional Centers like the Western Center for Metropolitan Extension and Research (WCMER), the Western Rural Development Center (WRDC) and others, will coordinate and collaborate, as is useful, with WPOLC.