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August 21, 2006

Baker named Henderson County director

Denise Baker

Denise M. Baker, an area Extension agent for family and consumer sciences in Mitchell and Yancey counties, has been named Henderson County Extension director, effective Sept. 5.

Her appointment, which was approved by county commissioners on July 19, was announced by Dr. Jon Ort, director, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, and Steve Wyatt, Henderson County manager. She succeeds Joy Staton, who accepted a position in June 2005 working with Cooperative Extension volunteer advisory groups in North Carolina.

In addition, Baker was recently named one of 10 people to receive the state's highest honor for employees: the State Employees' Awards of Excellence. Last spring, Baker was honored as one of five top employees at N.C. State University. Read more from The Bulletin

Baker has worked with North Carolina Cooperative Extension since 1974. She began work as a 4-H and home economics Extension agent in Mitchell County, and was named a family and consumer sciences agent in 1989. She has been an area agent since 2001.

Baker earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics education from Appalachian State University in 1974 and a master’s degree in adult and community college education from North Carolina State University in 1990.

“Denise brings over 30 years of Cooperative Extension knowledge and experience to enhance the existing strong programs of our Henderson County center,” said Harvey Fouts, district Extension director for the West District, which includes Henderson County. “I look forward to working with Denise, the Extension staff and our county government partners in providing resources from N.C. State and N.C. A&T State to Henderson County citizens.”

-N. Hampton

Posted by Natalie at August 21, 2006 10:44 AM