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August 05, 2008

New Granville County Extension director named

Paul W. Westfall, executive director for 11 years of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County, N.Y., has been named director of North Carolina Cooperative Extension's program in Granville County.

Dr. Jon Ort, assistant vice chancellor, associate dean and director of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University, and Brian Alligood, Granville County manager, announced Westfall's appointment, effective Aug. 5.

Westfall succeeds Johnsie Cunningham, who retired from the county director's post after more than 30 years of service.

Before assuming his Niagara County, N.Y. duties in 1997, Westfall was executive director and agriculture program leader for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Allegany County, N.Y. for four years.

Westfall chaired the New York State Association of County Agricultural Agents' 2005 annual meeting and was that organization's president in 2002, serving on its board from 1995 to 1999. He received the association's distinguished service award in 1998.

He holds a 1978 bachelor of science degree in animal science and a 1984 master's in animal physiology from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

"Paul's years of strong Extension leadership in both Arkansas and New York ensure that he brings a wealth of knowledge that will be beneficial in leading Granville County's Extension program," said Bob Edwards, North Central District Extension director. "I'm confident he will be an excellent addition to a great team."

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Posted by Dave at August 5, 2008 04:07 PM