Guidelines for Southern Directors – Purpose and Approach


These Guidelines for Southern Agricultural Experiment Station Directors provide functional descriptions of the activities of the Association. They are intended to address matters of (1) purpose and organizational relationships, and (2) process and procedure. The Guidelines are updated as-needed due to changes in policy, procedure, or process.


The Guidelines are one of several resources relevant to the operation of the Southern Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors (Association). Others are: 1) the national Guidelines for Multistate Research Activities; 2) By-Laws of the Association, which define the organization and the general tenets of its functional elements; and 3) the SAAESD Homepage which is a compilation of state, regional and national assignments and descriptive information about the affairs of the Association.

Use of Guidelines

These Guidelines are organized with the intent of making each section a nearly stand-alone part so that one can find a description of the concept and purpose, the procedures and processes to be used, and the product that is developed. Individuals elected or appointed to various positions and committees will find a general prescription for their activity.

Strategic Planning

The Association develops and uses strategic planning on a regional level as a mechanism for establishing priorities and direction for current and new activities of the Association. The Five-Year Plan (2000-2005) is also used to more effectively advocate the Southern agenda at the national level and to communicate with user and political constituencies in the Southern Region. The three components of the current plan are: Mission and Vision Statements, 2) Operational Plan and 3) Programmatic Plan.