Hanlin named Wilkes CED

Dr. William G. “Bill” Hanlin, area specialized Extension agent based in Wilkes County, has been named director of the N.C. Cooperative Extension center there, effective July 1.

Hanlin’s appointment was announced by Wilkes County Manager John Yates and Dr. Joe Zublena, interim director, N.C. Cooperative Extension Service. Hanlin succeeds Donna Edsel, who retired in June 2009, after 12 years as county Extension director.

Hanlin has served as an area horticulture Extension agent since 1988. Based in Wilkes County, he has been responsible for horticulture, particularly tree fruits, for counties in the region. Hanlin also has experience as a private consultant for Peach Orchard Consultant Services in Columbia, SC, and as an integrated pest management technician for the Clemson Extension Service, also in Columbia, SC.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in economic biology and a master’s degree in entomology, both from Clemson University, and a doctorate in entomology from N.C. State University.

“Bill brings a creative approach to supporting and leading the total N.C. Cooperative Extension program at the Wilkes County center,” said Dr. Deborah Crandall, director of Cooperative Extension’s West Central District, which includes Wilkes County. “He has the ability to listen to complex issues and then involve the total team for achieving a win-win outcome with ease.”

-N. Hampton

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