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December 12, 2005

Federation honors administrators

During the annual Federation Forum held Dec. 9, the North Carolina Federation of Cooperative Extension Associations honored key college administrators for their roles in securing salary equity funds for extension faculty.

Extension Federation Honors Administrators

Pictured are (from left) Aggie Rogers, 2005 federation president; Dean Johnny Wynne, of N.C. State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences; Dr. Jon Ort, director of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at N.C. State; Sheilda Sutton, executive assistant to Dr. Ray McKinnie, the administrator for the Cooperative Extension Program at N.C. A&T State University; Dr. Joe Zublena, associate director and director of county operations for the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service; and Ray Harris, Carteret County's extension director, who made the presentation.

The federation meeting drew 57 representatives of five extension associations to the McSwain Extension Education and Agriculture Center in Sanford.

The morning session focused on Cooperative Extension updates with Ort, Zublena and Sutton addressing issues and concerns proposed by association members. Following their comments, Sutton and Dr. Karen DeBord, co-chairs for the Change Management and Marketing Initiative, gave an update on the progress of action teams that had recently submitted recommendations to Extension Administration. Plans are to present the recommendations at the district extension meetings scheduled around the state this spring.

During the afternoon session, Harris recognized Dean Johnny Wynne, Dr. Jon Ort, Dr. Joe Zublena and Dr. Ray McKinnie (represented by Sutton) for their support in securing salary equity funding for field faculty and campus specialist in the 2005-2006 state budget.

A proclamation expressing the Federation's gratitude and signed by all association presidents was read.

Speaking briefly about the challenges faced in securing the funds, Wynne said he felt strongly that the funding was needed and was made possible with the support of N.C. State University Chancellor James L. Oblinger, Extension's administration and the Extension advisory leadership system.

Oblinger was unable to attend the forum and will receive his proclamation later.

The meeting concluded with a brief business session and installation of new officer for 2006. They are:
President, Susan Condlin, Lee County
President-elect, to be filled by NCACES
Secretary, Pamela Brylowe, Jones County
Treasurer, Natalie Rountree, Hertford County
Webmaster, John Dorner, Henderson County
Past President, Aggie Rogers, Robeson County

Posted by deeshore at December 12, 2005 08:26 AM