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April 14, 2009

Two new county Extension directors named

Union and Buncombe counties will have new county Extension directors in May. Stephen Duckett, Rutherford County extension director since July 2005, has been named Buncombe County extension director effective May 11. Richard Melton, agricultural extension agent in Anson County since 1995, has been named Union County extension director effective May 1.

Duckett succeeds Kenneth Reeves, who retired from Cooperative Extension in November 2008, and Melton succeeds Jerry Simpson, who retired from Cooperative Extension in January.

Duckett is no stranger to Buncombe County. Prior to becoming Rutherford County extension director, he was an extension agent in Buncombe County from January 1997 to July 2005. He also served as an associate extension agent for 4-H youth development in Macon County from 1992 to 1996.

Duckett holds a master’s degree in human resource development from Western Carolina University and a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Berea College.

“Steve served in Buncombe County and is very familiar with the needs of the citizens, the Extension staff and county government. His experience and leadership gained in Rutherford County has been very positive for that Extension Center and its service to the County,” said Harvey Fouts, district Extension director for the West District, which includes Buncombe County.

Prior to becoming an agricultural Extension agent in Anson county, Richard Melton was an Extension agent in Sampson County, 1989-1995, and an associate Extension agent in Hoke County, 1982-1989.

Melton holds a master’s degree in agricultural economics and a bachelor’s degree in animal industries, both from Clemson University.

“Richard brings a wide variety of experiences, not only in the animal science area, but in the extension programming area as well. He will be an asset to the staff and citizens of Union County,” said Donald Cobb, district Extension director for the South Central District, which includes Union County.

-N. Hampton

Posted by Natalie at April 14, 2009 08:50 AM