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June 26, 2007

New Durham Extension director named

Delphine Sellars, community outreach coordinator with North Carolina Cooperative Extension in Durham County, has been named to direct the Durham Extension program.

Sellars' appointment as Durham Extension director was announced by Dr. Jon Ort, director of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at North Carolina State University, and Mike Ruffin, Durham County manager.

Sellars has served as community outreach coordinator since 1998, when she joined Cooperative Extension. She holds a bachelor's degree in social studies from North Carolina Central University and a master's degree in organizational management from Pfeiffer University. Sellars came to Extension from the Durham County Department of Social Services, where she was a social worker.

As community outreach coordinator, Sellars led an effort to create the Stengthening Families Coalition and to develop an English and Spanish parent and family advocacy curriculum. She also provided leadership and training to diverse populations in addressing community and civic issues. She succeeds Cheryl Lloyd, who has taken a position as Cooperative Extension state leader for urban programs.

"Delphine brings a wealth of experience as an administrator, facilitator and trainer to the county Extension director position in Durham County," said Dr. Donald Cobb, Extension North Central District Director. "She has worked with individuals and groups across Durham County and is known as a people person. Her skills will enable her to be a successful county director in one of our more urban counties." Durham is in Extension's North Central District.

North Carolina Cooperative Extension is an educational agency supported by county governments, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, N.C. State University and North Carolina A&T State University. A staff of agents in each county and on the Cherokee Reservation, backed by specialists at the two land-grant universities, conducts educational programs related to agriculture and forestry, family and consumer sciences, 4-H, community and rural development, and other issues of concern to North Carolina citizens. The Extension service is headquartered in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at N.C. State University.

Posted by Dave at June 26, 2007 09:04 AM