This article examines the motivation of Extension volunteers to serve on county-level boards. A survey was administered to board members to gain understanding of their perceptions of motivation and overall board effectiveness. As supported by prior research, volunteer leaders were motivated by the community-related aspects of their service. Additionally, the study reported here found that most respondents had prior board experience. However, less than a fourth of the survey participants were willing to commit to new roles as part of their board service. The article offers suggestions on board member recruitment and engagement methods for county Extension staff.
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Farris, E., McKinley, S., & Ayres, J. (2009). County-Level Extension Leadership: Understanding Volunteer Board Member Motivation. The Journal of Extension, 47(5), Article 19. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol47/iss5/19