RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Complaints from stakeholders have prompted Virginia Tech to drop its plan to restructure the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service.
Media outlets report that Virginia Tech President Charles Steger announced the decision in a letter sent this week to Del. Harvey Morgan, a member of the House Appropriations Committee.
The plan called for local extension offices to be consolidated into regional "business centers." It also would have changed the way extension agents are assigned to localities.
Legislators, local government officials and farmers criticized the plan.
Steger says the plan was well-intentioned but the university could have done a better job communicating with stakeholders.