Doug Harlan became the County Extension Director for the Macon, DeWitt, and Piatt County Extension Unit on November 1, 2010. He had previously been the County Extension Director for the Macon-Piatt Extension Unit. Harlan is also the former County Extension Director for the Moultrie-Douglas Extension Unit in Arthur, IL. He held that position from October 2001 until February 2006. Harlan started his Extension career in 1994 as a Community and Economic Development Educator.
Harlan provides leadership to the multi-county Unit in the areas of fiscal and personnel administration, facilities management, volunteer recruitment and management, marketing, educational program planning and development, and networking with other community agencies and resources.
Harlan received his bachelor's degree in political science from Eastern Illinois University in 1983 and a master of public administration from the University of Illinois in 2002. He is a 2002 graduate of the National Extension Leadership Development Program (NELD). Harlan's professional certifications include Certified Small Business Specialist from the Illinois Small Business Development Association and Associate Contract Assistance Specialist from the Association of Government Marketing Assistance Specialist. Harlan is a member of Epsilon Sigma Phi, an organization of Illinois Extension professionals.
Harlan is a retired 28-year US Army veteran. He has served overseas in Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan.