Nebraska LEAD Suspends Programing September 2020 – August 2021

LINCOLN – Another season has been put on hold being the Nebraska Leadership Education/Action Development (LEAD) Program.

According to a release from the Nebraska Agriculture Leadership Council (NALC) Board of Directors, the decision to suspend regular LEAD programing from September 2020 – August 2021 was not an easy one. The board was unanimous in their decision.

The decision of the board centered on two major issues which were the safety of participants, staff and others involved in programming along with the quality of the program.

Given continued uncertainties about the spread of the virus and the course of the pandemic, the Board was unable to see how programming could occur in a way that would safeguard the health of everyone involved without compromising participants’ experiences.

The risk of compromising the experience through remote programming or a delayed start would have been too high to justify moving forward with programming for their two LEAD classes.

Nebraska has a premiere program built over 39 years. This decision will help to safeguard the integrity of that program and ensure that participants’ experiences will be what they, and the state of Nebraska, needs. The pause in programming will affect Nebraska LEAD Classes 39 and 40. Programming for Class 39 will be interrupted and will resume in the Fall of 2021. Class 40, which would normally begin in the Fall of 2020, will begin their two-year Nebraska LEAD program experience in the Fall of 2021.

The Nebraska LEAD Program is sponsored by the non-profit Nebraska Agricultural Leadership Council in cooperation with the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and 11 other institutions of higher education throughout Nebraska.

For questions and further details, contact Terry Hejny, Ph.D., Director of the Nebraska LEAD Program at 402-472-6810 or thejny1@unl.edu.

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