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December 02, 2009

James Hamilton named Extension director in Watauga County

photo of James Hamilton

James Hamilton, forestry instructor at Haywood Community College, has been named county Extension director for the Watauga County center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

His appointment, which is effective Jan. 4, 2010, was approved and announced by Robert Nelson, Watauga County manager, and Dr. Jon Ort, director, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. Hamilton succeeds Sue Counts, who retired from Extension Nov. 1, 2008.

Hamilton served as an Extension agent in Watauga County from October 2002 to February 2005, when he became assistant professor of forestry outreach for the Alabama A&M University Center for Forestry and Ecology, where he served until February 2006. He has worked at Haywood Community College since March 2006.

Prior to joining Cooperative Extension in 2002, Hamilton worked as an environmental scientist for TRC Garrow and Associates, an extension trainer for CHP International and a regional campus recruiter for the U.S. Peace Corps.

He holds a doctorate in forestry from N.C. State University, a master’s degree in forestry from Auburn University and a bachelor's degree in natural resources and anthropology from the University of the South.

"We are pleased that Jim will be returning to Watauga County to lead Cooperative Extension and continue the progress of our agricultural and natural resources community," said Harvey Fouts, district Extension director for the West District, which includes Watauga County. "Jim is very innovative and shows his passion to help all people advance themselves through better living, better farming and better communities."

Posted by Natalie at December 2, 2009 11:00 AM