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December 02, 2009

Dockery named Columbus Extension director

Dalton Dockery, Bladen County Cooperative Extension director since 2007, is leaving Bladen County and will become the Extension director in Columbus County.

Dockery's appointment as Columbus County director was announced by Dr. Jon Ort, N.C. Cooperative Extension Service director, and William Clark, Columbus County manager. Dockery succeeds Howard Wallace, who served as interim county director since the retirement of Jacqueline Roseboro. Roseboro retired earlier this year after serving as county director for 14 years.

Dockery joined Cooperative Extension in 1995 as an agricultural agent serving both Bladen and Sampson counties. He moved to Columbus County a year later, where he served as the county's agricultural agent for 11 years before moving to Bladen County as Extension director.

Dockery holds two degrees from North Carolina State University, a bachelor's degree in agriculture education and a master's degree in agriculture and extension education.

"Dalton will be a great asset to the Columbus County extension team," said Clinton McRae, director for Cooperative Extension's south central district, which includes Columbus County. "Many of the leadership traits that Dalton consistently demonstrates were first cultivated in Columbus County."

McRae added, "I have worked closely with Dalton for the past two years, and I have found him to be an excellent team player. However, Dalton's greatest assets are his genuine concern for people and his ability to create a pleasant work environment. Columbus County has a bright future under Dalton's leadership."

-D. Caldwell

Posted by Dave at December 2, 2009 09:40 AM