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July 22, 2005

New county directors named in Southwest District

Jim Monroe has been named county director for North Carolina Cooperative Extension in Mecklenburg County, and Steve W. Duckett has been named director of Cooperative Extension’s Rutherford County center.

Monroe has served as a agricultural agent in Mecklenburg County since 1999. He also has worked as an agent in Stanly and Orange counties. He earned a bachelor’s degree in agronomy and a master’s degree in crop science at N.C. State University.

“Jim has served the State of North Carolina well in several different roles with Cooperative Extension,” said Dr. Deborah M. Crandall, district director for Cooperative Extension’s Southwest District, which includes Mecklenburg County.

“We are looking forward to his leadership in addressing educational needs for Mecklenburg County. Jim has successfully demonstrated innovative skills in delivering and developing high-impact programs in a highly urban setting.”

Duckett, the new Rutherford Extension director, has served as agricultural agent in Buncombe County since 1997. He was an associate agent for 4-H in Macon County from 1992-96. He earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Berea College and a master’s degree in human resource development from Western Carolina University.

“Steve Duckett is a truly down-to-earth team member,” says Crandall, whose Southwest District includes Rutherford County. “Because of his multiple and varied programming experiences, Steve has been outstanding in making significant impacts with both youth and adult audiences.

“Steve is a quiet, calm leader and a team player. He is highly respected by customers, volunteers, peers and coworkers.”

Posted by Natalie at July 22, 2005 08:41 AM