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June 18, 2010

Hight is New Hanover County Extension director

Al Hight, Brunswick County extension director since August 2006, has been named New Hanover County extension director.

His appointment, effective April 1, was announced by New Hanover County Manager Bruce Shell and Dr. Joe Zublena, interim director, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. Hight succeeds his wife, Melissa Hight, who retired from the position Aug. 1, 2009.

Hight has a long career in extension as a consumer and commercial horticulture agent, dating to 1989, when he began work in Pitt County. He also has worked as an extension horticulture agent in New Bern, Burgaw and Bolivia.

Hight earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education and a master’s degree in horticulture from North Carolina State University. He also holds numerous professional affiliations in the landscape and arboriculture industries.

“In my opinion, Al exemplifies extension's best. He walks the talk and models the way,” said Greg Hoover, director of Cooperative Extension’s Southeast District, which includes New Hanover County.

“I feel Al will lead the New Hanover staff with courage and encouragement. He is true to his values and the philosophy of this organization. He is a team player, and he is always willing to give of himself for the good of the organization.”

Posted by Natalie at June 18, 2010 02:10 PM