Mission and Vision Statements

MISSION

The Southern Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors (SAAESD) facilitates research of its member agricultural experiment stations to enhance the quality of life throughout the Southern Region and nation.

The SAAESD:

    • is an association of research administrators of the state agricultural experiment station system within the 1862 Land-Grant universities of the 13 southern states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands;

 

    • solicits stakeholder and member input to identify high priority research needs in food, agriculture, and natural resources for the Southern Region;

 

    • encourages and establishes relevant research activities that are multi-state, multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary, and multi-functional;

 

    • provides a link to related academic, governmental, industrial and private allies to represent the nature, importance and needs of member agricultural experiment stations;

 

    • communicates timely information to member agricultural experiment station administrators to enhance their ability to effectively engage interested public, clientele, and funding groups.

 

  • expands the regional and national impact of member agricultural experiment stations through broad advocacy for agriculture and agricultural research.

VISION

The Southern Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors (SAAESD) will be a highly efficient and effective facilitator of high quality research relevant to the needs of the Southern Region.

The SAAESD will:

    • regularly solicit stakeholders’ and members’ opinions in a systematic planning and prioritization process which identifies and updates Southern Region research priorities.

 

    • facilitate the development of and coordinate research activities that are multi-state, multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary, and multi-functional and that address currently identified Southern Region needs.

 

    • have strong linkages to appropriate academic, governmental, industrial and private entities which foster productive alliances between those entities and member agricultural experiment stations.

 

    • manage a comprehensive information gathering, storing, and disseminating network that provides for reporting, analysis, planning and accountability of Southern Region research.

 

    • be an active and effective advocate for the state food, agriculture and and natural resources research system at the regional, national and international levels.

 

  • facilitate interaction and coordination of research activities with extension activities.