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June 27, 2005

Ort to be recognized at national Epsilon Sigma Phi meeting

Jon Ort

Dr. Jon F. Ort has been named southern region winner of Epsilon Sigma Phi’s Administrative Leadership Award. He will be honored at the organization’s annual meeting in Colorado Springs in November.

He is director of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, associate dean of North Carolina State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and assistant vice chancellor for extension and engagement.

Epsilon Sigma Phi is a national organization dedicated to fostering standards of excellence in the national extension system and developing the extension profession and professional. Extension is an educational partnership of the nation’s land-grant universities, county governments and U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Ort was recognized for his success in building teams to plan, implement, promote and support educational programs that are relevant and responsive to high-priority 21st century needs. With the help of 80,000 volunteers, Cooperative Extension’s faculty and staff, serving all 100 counties and the Cherokee Reservation, make 2.5 million face-to-face educational contacts annually to enhance North Carolina’s economy, environment and quality of life.

Writing in support Ort’s nomination by the North Carolina chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi, Dr. Ronald A. Brown, the executive director of the Association of Southern Region Extension Directors, noted, “Not only is Dr. Ort a quality individual and leader, he knows how to be successful. ... He focuses on the goals of the organization rather than himself; he is competent, builds up others, develops good partners and teams, and does not get distracted by unimportant activity. He is articulate, honest, dependable and professional.”

Ort has served as Cooperative Extension director since 1995. He holds a bachelor’s degree in zoology and master’s and doctoral degrees in poultry nutrition from The Ohio State University. He joined the faculty of N.C. State University’s Department of Poultry Science in 1979.

-- Dee Shore

Posted by deeshore at June 27, 2005 11:38 AM