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January 03, 2008

Shepherd named Ashe County Extension director

Carolyn Shepherd, who has served as interim director of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension program in Ashe County since late last year, has been named permanent director of the county’s extension program.

Shepherd’s appointment as Ashe Extension director was announced by Dr. Jon Ort, Cooperative Extension director at North Carolina State University, and Dan McMillan, Ashe County Manager. Shepherd succeeds Julie Landry, who retired last year after a 32-year career with Cooperative Extension.

Shepherd joined Cooperative Extension in Ashe County in 1996 as Family and Consumer Sciences agent, a position she held until she was named interim county director. Before joining extension, Shepherd was a family and consumer sciences teacher for 10 years at North Buncombe High School in Buncombe County. She holds a bachelor’s degree in home economics and secondary education and a master’s degree in higher education, both from Appalachian State University. She is also a graduate of Beaver Creek High School in West Jefferson.

“Carolyn has worked with Ashe County Cooperative Extension for nearly 11 years,” said Bob Edwards, Extension Northwest District Director. Ashe County is in Extension’s Northwest District.

Edwards added, “She has prepared herself very well for the position of county extension director by attending a 12-month intensive training program for aspiring county extension directors. She has also had hands-on experience while serving as interim county extension director for more than a year.

“Carolyn has developed strong leadership skills that will be vital in directing the county extension staff in delivering dynamic programs and building strong partnerships that make positive impacts on Ashe County’s critical issues. She has a wealth of knowledge about the people, the local government and the needs of the county. I am very pleased to have Carolyn Shepherd as part of the district extension administrative team.”
-D. Caldwell

Posted by Natalie at January 3, 2008 02:29 PM