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September 27, 2005

New county directors for Hyde, Moore counties

Malcolm Gibbs will become the new director of Cooperative Extension in Hyde County, and Craven Hudson will become Moore County's Extension director.

Malcolm Gibbs
Malcolm O. Gibbs has been named North Carolina Cooperative Extension director for Hyde County.

Gibb’s appointment, effective Oct. 1, was announced by Dr. Russell King, director of Cooperative Extension's Northeast District which includes Hyde County, and Kevin Howard, county manager for Hyde County.

"Mac Gibbs is uniquely qualified to provide high-quality educational programs to Hyde County citizens,” King said. “His knowledge base related to horticultural commodities is recognized not only in Hyde County, but statewide, and he has the experience to provide a vision for moving Hyde County forward both in the agricultural arena and in community development.”

Gibbs, a Cooperative Extension agricultural agent in Hyde County since 1989, succeeds the late Jean Ballance, who served for 17 years.

Gibbs, who holds a 1999 master's degree in agriculture education and a 1972 bachelor's degree in horticulture science from North Carolina State University, was a Hyde County farm owner and operator from 1976 to 1988. He was a farm supervisor for American Cyanamid from 1972 to 1975.

Craven Hudson
Craven F. Hudson, an extension agent from Gaston County, has been named director of North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s Moore County center, effective Oct. 10.

Hudson’s appointment was announced by Dr. Jon F. Ort, director of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at N.C. State University, and Steve Wyatt, Moore County manager. Hudson succeeds former Extension Director Bert Coffer.

Hudson has served as a natural resources agent in Gaston County since 2003. Previous positions with Cooperative Extension include area environmental education agent in the Upper Neuse Basin, as well as Durham, Orange and Chatham counties. He also worked as an associate agent for 4-H and forestry in Pamlico County. In addition, he was a missionary in Venezuela for two years.

Hudson holds a bachelor’s degree in forestry and wildlife from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a master of forestry degree from North Carolina State University.

“Craven Hudson is a 15-year veteran in Cooperative Extension and possesses a wealth of knowledge and leadership skills that will prove vital in directing the Moore County extension program,” said Danny Shaw, district extension director for the South Central District, which includes Moore County. “He has a clear vision for the future that will lead the Moore County extension staff to continue developing and delivering dynamic educational programs to make positive impacts on Moore County’s critical issues.”

Posted by Natalie at September 27, 2005 03:50 PM