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September 23, 2009

Clement will serve as Extension director in Clay, Cherokee counties

Doug Clement

Doug Clement, Cherokee County Extension director since April 1999, will also assume the role of Clay County Extension director, effective Oct. 1.

His appointment was approved and announced by Clay County Manager Paul Leek, Cherokee County Manager David Badger and North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service Director Jon Ort. Clement succeeds Dr. Kenneth McCaskill, who will retire Sept. 30 as county Extension director for both Macon and Clay counties.

Clement began work with Cooperative Extension in 1987 as an agricultural agent in Graham County, where he later served as county Extension director from 1993-1995. He also has worked as a 4-H agent for Cooperative Extension in Polk County.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of Tennessee and a master’s degree in education from N.C. State University.

“Doug has served in Cherokee County as Extension director and is very familiar with the needs of the citizens, the Extension staffs and county issues in the Cherokee and Clay county area. He is a 2009 graduate of Extension’s Advanced Organizational Leadership Institute and has worked closely with the Clay County Extension staff for several years,” said Harvey Fouts, district Extension director for the West District, which includes Clay and Cherokee counties.

“Doug’s experience and leadership gained in Graham and Cherokee counties has been very positive for Extension and its service to those citizens,” Fouts said. “I am now very pleased that Doug is willing to also accept leadership for Clay County and look forward to his continued excellence in managing our Cooperative Extension centers in Cherokee and Clay counties.”

Posted by Natalie at September 23, 2009 09:00 AM