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U of I Extension veteran named county director

Janice McCoy will supervise staff of 16

DIXON – Janice McCoy has been named county director of the University of Illinois Extension.

She will oversee the Carroll, Lee and Whiteside Unit.

“I’ve been with the extension for 13 years,” McCoy said. “My first 13 years were as a family life educator, and then on June 1, I was promoted to the county director.”

In her new role, McCoy will supervise a staff of about 16 people. She will also create and manage budgets and provide leadership for all of the educational programming that the extension office offers.

She has replaced Joe Schwamberger, who recently retired.

“Joe was with extension for over 20 years,” McCoy said. “He was ready to move onto another phase of his life.”

The extension office provides research-based information from the University of Illinois through workshops, newsletters and fact sheets, websites, and outreach provided by trained volunteers.

McCoy, 47, joined the Extension in 2001 as a family life educator. She was primarily responsible for educational programs for families with children and for professionals who work with families.

She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communications and a master’s degree in college student personnel, both from Western Illinois University.

McCoy said the challenges in her new role include keeping a steady stream of funding.

“We have to maintain funding so we are able to provide the services that we provide, and that is always a challenge,” McCoy said. “Learning a new job will take time as well.”

McCoy is a native of the Sauk Valley area and a graduate of Dixon High School. She and her husband, Jim, live in Dixon with their 12-year-old daughter, Charlotte.

Ryan Hobson, the regional director, could not be reached for comment.

McCoy can be reached at the University of Illinois Extension Office, which is at Sauk Valley Community College, or by calling 815-835-2070.

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