University of Georgia Cooperative Extension has announced their 2023-24 Extension Academy for Professional Excellence (EAPE) cohort. Kimberly Post, County Extension Coordinator, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Lanier and Clinch County, is one of 20 participants selected for the program from across the state.

“I am eager to engage with fellow accomplished professionals and immerse myself in a program that fosters personal growth and leadership excellence,” Post said.

EAPE is designed to assist participants in understanding themselves as a leader and providing them with the tools to effectively lead teams of all sizes. Since its inception in 2003, there have been 170 graduates of EAPE, many who have gone on to play instrumental roles in Extension leadership.

“UGA Extension is transitioning out a host of highly experienced and proven leaders within the next three years. Organizationally, we must equip our workforce to effectively take on leadership roles,” said Lauren Griffeth, Extension leadership specialist. “Extension Academy for Professional Excellence is our first-tier leadership development cohort program for professionals working in UGA Extension and aligned careers.”

Candidates for EAPE must have a minimum of five years of service, have a growth mindset and be supported by their unit head to apply for the program. Participants go through more than 60 hours of learning, four assessments and a project during the three-session program.

“I am so excited about this new class of participants for our Extension Academy,” said Laura Perry Johnson, associate dean for UGA Extension. “Over the years, I have seen more transformative change from this program than any other leadership training we do. The personal and professional differences have been profound — life-changing for individuals and for our organization as a whole. I look forward to watching as they progress through this journey.” To learn more about UGA Extension, visit