New Vance County Extension director named

A Virginia Cooperative Extension agent has been named to direct the North Carolina Cooperative Extension program in Vance County.

Morris F. White III is the new Vance Cooperative Extension director. White’s appointment as Vance extension director was announced by Sheri Schwab, associate director and director of county operations for the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at North Carolina State University, and Jerry Ayscue, Vance County Manager.

White succeeds Mary Helen Jones, who retired in August 2012. White’s appointment is effective today, May 1.

White has served as 4-H youth development extension agent in Emporia and Greensville County, Va. since 2007, while since 2010, he has also served as extension unit coordinator. Prior to joining Virginia Cooperative Extension, White taught history in public schools in Warrenton, N.C. and Crewe, Va. He also worked for the National Park Service as a park guide in Jamestown and Petersburg, Va.

The new Vance County director holds a master’s degree in career and technical education from Virginia Tech University and a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Virginia Union University.

White brings leadership and programming expertise to the Vance County Extension center, said Jim Cowden, director of Cooperative Extension’s North Central District, which includes Vance County.

“Morris has served as a facilitator for strategic planning and community leadership throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia,” Cowden said. “He managed the Turning the Tide on Poverty community project and has collaborated with public and private organizations that share Extension’s mission and objectives.”

Cowden added that White hired, trained and evaluated staff as unit coordinator in Emporia and Greensville County, Va.

— Dave Caldwell

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