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June 16, 2008

Baker named Yancey County Extension director

Denise M. Baker, Henderson County Extension director since September 2006, has been named Yancey County Extension director.

Her appointment, effective July 1, was approved and announced by Yancey County Manager Michele Lawhern and Dr. Jon Ort, director, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. Baker succeeds Joyce Watts, who will retire from Cooperative Extension on June 30.

Baker is no stranger to Cooperative Extension in Yancey County. Prior to becoming Henderson County extension director, she was an area family and consumer sciences agent, serving Mitchell and Yancey counties. For 27 years, she worked as an Extension agent in Mitchell County.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in home economics from Appalachian State University and a master’s degree in adult and community college education from N.C. State University.

“Denise recently served in Yancey County and is very familiar with the needs of the citizens and the Extension staff and county government,” said Harvey Fouts, district Extension director for the West District, which includes Yancey County. “Her experience and leadership gained in Henderson County have been very positive for that Extension center. I am very pleased that Denise wants to continue her career in Yancey County and look forward to her leadership in providing continued excellence in managing the Cooperative Extension center there.”

-N. Hampton

Posted by Natalie at June 16, 2008 10:47 AM