Joe Hunnings is the director for Planning and Reporting, Professional Development, and Civil Rights Compliance. In this role, Hunnings is responsible for completion of the Combined Virginia Tech/Virginia State University Extension and Research Plan of Work and annual report. His responsibilities include coordination of the Electronic Faculty Reporting System (eFARS) and contacts reporting system. He leads the college’s civil rights training and compliance review processes for Extension and research programs. He also coordinates professional development efforts for Extension and research faculty and staff. Prior to this role, he was the eFARS and planning and reporting manager in the Agriculture, Human, and Natural Resources Information Technology unit in the college.
Hunnings began his career with Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) in 1984 as an agriculture and natural resources Extension agent and unit coordinator, a position he held in Warren and Montgomery counties for 10 years. He then served as the VCE district director in southwest Virginia for more than five years, and as a 4-H specialist for six years. He received five national, six regional, 12 state, and two district awards for his Extension work. He also wrote 23, VCE-numbered publications.
He has a bachelor of science and a master of science in Agronomy from Virginia Tech. Upon college graduation, he served two years with the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic.