University of Illinois Extension

Connie Beck
County Director
Gallatin/Hamilton/Hardin/Pope/Saline/White Unit
34 Veterans Drive, Suite D
Harrisburg, IL 62946
Phone: 618-252-8391
FAX: 618-253-3006
cjbeck@illinois.edu

As County Extension Director for a multi-county unit, Beck's primary responsibility is providing leadership to and communicating the educational mission of the local multi-county unit and University of Illinois Extension. Beck is the local representative of University of Illinois Extension with responsibility to facilitate and establish relationships with diverse audiences, and to collaborate and partner with people to improve the lives of individuals and the communities in which they live. The County Extension Director is also responsible for marketing and promoting University of Illinois Extension and its educational programs.

Beck earned her master's degree in education at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and her bachelor's degree in management from the University of Illinois at Springfield.

Beck is past Director of Millikin Regional Entrepreneurship Network at Millikin University. This network site was the home office for the Governor of Illinois' Economic Growth Initiative for the Central Region. She specializes in strategic planning, performance management and impact analysis in both corporate and government settings. Consulting assignments have included the development of strategic and organizational plans, the assessment of strategically linked programs, social and environmental impact assessment, economic analysis and assessment, and project management. She has also consulted with area small businesses in the development of business plans, employee handbooks and developing client infrastructure.

Beck is past Executive Director of the ROI Network and ASTD Advisory Board. The ROI Network recognized her for outstanding leadership in 2002 and awarded her the Best Author Award in 1997. In 1998, Beck co-authored an article in the ASTD In-Action Series with Jack Phillips. In 1999, The Wall Street Journal recognized her with the "Wall Street Journal Award of Academic Excellence" for her research on Native American Leadership. Also in 1999, Beck co-authored Info-Line Guide to Training Evaluation with Jack Phillips. She pioneered the first social impact assessment of a corporate initiative in the utility industry demonstrating economic impact on the corporation and community. The assessment was recognized by the International Association of Impact Assessors (IAIA) in 2000 at IAIA's international conference in Hong Kong.

Professional Affiliations:

  • St. Mary's Oncology Advisory Council Board Member
  • Illinois Entrepreneurship Small Business Growth Association (IESBGA) Coordinating Council Secretary
  • Workforce Investment Solutions Board Member
  • Department of Defense Consumer Reviewer Medical Research

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