Extension Foundation Board of Directors Names Dr. Beverly Coberly as the New Chief Executive Officer of the Extension Foundation
Dr. Gregg Hadley, Chairman of the Extension Foundation Board of Directors, announces the selection of Dr. Beverly Coberly as the new CEO of the Foundation. Dr. Coberly has been the interim CEO since the beginning of 2023 upon the retirement of her predecessor, Dr. Christine Nygren. Before this appointment, Dr. Coberly served as the Extension Foundation Chief Operating Officer since 2016.
Prior to her time with the Extension Foundation, Dr. Coberly held a steady progression of administrative leadership roles in University of Missouri Extension, culminating in the position of Associate Chancellor and Associate Director. In this position she was responsible for leadership of statewide programming as well as associated budgeting, staffing, reporting and leadership development of employees. Throughout her more than 35-year career with Missouri Extension, she worked in nearly every level of Extension operations–region, state and county; on-campus and off-campus; legislators, funders and other internal and external resource partners. Dr. Coberly holds a Bachelor of Science from the College of the Ozarks, a Master of Science from University of Missouri-Columbia and completed a PhD in Architectural Studies, Human Environmental Sciences, at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
According to Dr. Coberly, “As the COO and more recently as the Interim CEO, I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside the Extension Foundation team at every level of our organization to deliver results for our partners in the U.S. Cooperative Extension System. This has been a fast-paced year of growth for the Foundation as we have brought several new funded National Programs and Services online, and reinforced our internal infrastructure to best support these initiatives in order to make a greater impact for Extension professionals nationwide that we are honored to serve. I’m excited about this opportunity to serve the Extension Foundation and Cooperative Extension in this capacity.”