Michael John Dougherty
WVU Extension Specialist –
Community, Resources and Economic Development
2104 Agricultural Sciences Building
PO Box 6108
Michael Dougherty has been an Extension Specialist with West Virginia University Extension Service since 1995. He is also an Extension Professor and heads efforts related to local government technical assistance and community planning.
Dougherty received his B.A. degree in Government from the College of William and Mary in 1985, a Master’s of Urban Affairs from Virginia Tech in 1989, and a Ph.D. in Planning from Virginia Tech in 1995. His dissertation examined the role local government administrators played in the strategic planning process.
He has published articles in academic journals and book chapters dealing with budgeting, financial management, local government information technology, and related issues. He has written conference papers on those topics as well as benchmarking, performance measurement, strategic planning, local government issues assessment, community planning, citizen involvement, and service learning.
In his time with the WVU Extension Service, Dougherty has worked with local governments and community organizations in over 40 counties on a variety of issues. These include developing strategic plans for development, aiding in the comprehensive planning process, and providing advice and education on operational and administrative issues, ranging from setting up commissions to creating pay classification systems for employees, to examining the efficiency, effectiveness, and economy of various governmental operations. Among his honors are receiving the 2005 Outstanding Resource Development Award from the WVU Extension Service and the 2004 President’s Award from the Community Development Society.
Dougherty currently teaches planning and related courses in the WVU Division of Resource Management of the Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Design. He also regularly makes presentations related on matters related to planning, governance, and administration to various groups and organizations. He also serves on the national board of the Community Development Council and represents the National Association of Community development Extension Professionals on the Galaxy IV Steering Committee.