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January 05, 2007

Jack Parker joins advancement team

Jack Parker, retired swine specialist in the Northeast District, has joined the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service's Advancement Team as the Northeast regional director of development.

"Jack brings a wealth of experience to this new position. In addition to his years as a District Specialist, his previous projects include several naming-opportunity campaigns for the Eastern 4-H Center, and various projects for his church," said Dr. Jon Ort, Cooperative Extension Service director in announcing the appointment.

"Jack is a current member of the 4-H Livestock Endowment Advisory Board and the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service Advisory Board, and he will work in the Northeast District -- and with the eastern counties of the North Central District -- as we launch the new Campaign for Counties."

Parker joins Reagan Ammons (West and Southwest regions), Maurene Rickards (Northwest and Central regions) and Milton Coleman (South Central and Southeast regions) as they work with counties to assist with resource development. To complete our regional team, Sharon Runion Rowland will work with the counties surrounding Wake County, while continuing to provide overall leadership for the Cooperative Extension Advancement Team.

Other Advancement Team members are:

* Dr. Michael Martin joined the team in November as executive director of development for the 4-H Development Fund. Martin, Beth Farrell, Punk Daniels and Sarah Ray will work as a team for private resource development for the 4-H program.

* Maurene Rickards will continue her leadership as executive director of development for the N.C. Family and Consumer Sciences Foundation.

* Sonia Murphy has also joined the College Advancement Team as director of planned gifts. She is traveling the state presenting planned giving workshops and working with individual donors.

* David Hays, Keith Oakley, Sharon Runion Rowland and Sarah Ray continue their work on land gifts. By the end of December 2006, the team had closed more than $20 million in land gifts that will benefit Cooperative Extension.

* The Advancement Team is supported by bookkeeper Crystal Green and Jo Yarley, assistant for 4-H.

* The team currently has one vacant SPA position: development assistant for the Cooperative Extension Service Foundation and the FCS Foundation. (Ann Norcross, the current development assistant, is transferring to the Chemistry Department.)

Posted by Natalie at January 5, 2007 08:39 AM