WVU Extension Service –
Dean and Director
Helping bring University research and resources to the people of West Virginia is something that West Virginia University Extension Service’s Dean and Director Steve Bonanno knows well.
Before taking on the task of leading WVU Extension’s 450 faculty and staff members across the state, Bonanno served as the director of the Community, Economic Workforce Development unit.
After earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agriculture education, Bonanno began his life-long career with the organization as the Pleasants County WVU Extension agent. The New York-native found a place for himself creating and implementing programming in community development, 4-H, health and nutrition and agriculture for West Virginians in that county and region.
While there, Bonanno also spent 14 years as director and deputy director of Pleasants County’s Emergency Services. That background helps him lead programming and develop resources for WVU Extension projects – like the West Virginia State Fire Academy and Junior Fire Fighter Camp.
In his current role as the leader of WVU Extension Service, Steve serves on the WVU Deans’ Council and represents WVU Extension on the Economic Opportunity and Policy Development roundtable for the University’s 2020 Strategic Plan. He is a member of the search committee for the new Dean of the School of Public Health.
“Every day, I am so impressed with the work of WVU Extension agents, specialists and staff as they serve West Virginians,” said Bonanno. “I’m passionate about our mission to improve the lives of citizens in our state and have been fortunate to be able to see our work in action, making a difference.”