5442 Timelines


A collection of milestones and events from UGA Extension's history.



  • 1910: Extension leadership is formed
    Georgia hires its first Extension Director, J. Phil Campbell, who serves until 1933.

  • 1910: "College on Wheels" receives state support
    Because of the success of the “College on Wheels” train, Extension begins receiving $10,000 in state appropriations to disseminate agricultural information to Georgia farmers.

  • 1911: Second “College on Wheels” continues success
    The second educational train travels through Georgia, making 154 stops and reaching an estimated 350,000 farmers.

  • 1914: Smith-Lever Act creates Cooperative Extension Service
    The Cooperate Extension Service is officially established and nationally funded with the passing of the Smith-Lever Act.



  • 1978: Extension hosts first annual Sunbelt Expo
    The Cooperative Extension Service starts the Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition in Moultrie, Ga.


  • 1990: School of Home Economics is renamed
    The University of Georgia's School of Home Economics becomes the College of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS).

  • 1991: College of Agriculture is renamed
    The University of Georgia's College of Agriculture becomes the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES).


  • 2003: Extension reduces to four districts
    In order to streamline administration, UGA Extension reduced from five districts to four: Northeast, Northwest, Southeast and Southwest.

  • 2007: First woman becomes head of UGA Extension
    Beverly Sparks becomes the first woman to head UGA Extension as the Associate Dean.