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Cooperative Extension Hires Executive Director


Board of Directors President, Diane Clayson, of Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Cattaraugus County, is pleased to announce the appointment of Suzann Tighe-Cushman as Executive Director for Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cattaraugus County.  Tighe-Cushman officially began serving as Executive Director on April 1.

 “This is a dynamic time for our organization,” Clayson said. “Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cattaraugus continues to be a key outreach organization with a strong public mission, and an extensive local and responsive presence. As needs continue to change in our communities, we must continue to adapt and remain flexible to meet those needs. Ms. Tighe-Cushman will assist us in growing our organization’s long-standing mission that enables people to improve their lives and communities through partnerships that put experience and research knowledge to work.”

Tighe-Cushman comes to CCE from Erie County. She has been working with domestic and international program development and compliance for the last 20+ years. Previously, she held leadership positions with United Work and Travel, Worldwide Cultural Exchange and CHI, all J-1 Designated Sponsors of the US Department of State Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. Tighe-Cushman also brings many years of classroom teaching experience.

Tighe-Cushman holds a Master of Science degree in Education from Antioch University New England, New Hampshire, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from State University of New York at Oswego.

 In addition to overseeing day-to-day operations, Tighe-Cushman will work with the Board in developing and advancing a new strategic plan. Key elements of that plan are a more diversified funding portfolio, revised program strategies, and development and execution of a comprehensive communication and marketing plan.

“I am looking forward to working with this group of dedicated professionals who are committed to helping others in our county succeed,” Tighe-Cushman said.  “You cannot help but be amazed at the fact that Cornell Cooperative Extension’s non-formal educational programs reach more than one million people each year throughout New York State.  Making a positive impact on people’s lives and their communities provides an opportunity not to be overlooked. We look forward to opening the door to the many incredible opportunities that Cornell Cooperative Extension has to offer our residents in Cattaraugus County. I was actively involved with 4-H and continue to be passionate about the opportunities that program offers young people in our communities.”

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cattaraugus County is an educational not for profit association serving County residents since 1914. Its research base and training partner is Cornell University with additional help and resources from other land-grant universities across the country.  CCE is supported by Chautauqua County Government, New York State, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and by grants, fees and donations.

The Extension’s priorities are determined by the residents of Cattaraugus. Its local Board of Directors and Program Advisory Committee Members represent individuals from varied backgrounds who reside in the County’s rural towns, villages and cities. This results in a broad spectrum of educational programs addressing needs in agriculture, youth development, family life sciences, environment and community development.

The offices of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cattaraugus County are located in Ellicottville at 28 Parkside Drive. If you would like more information, wish to volunteer or register for a program please call (716) 699-2377.

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