Dr. Joe Zublena has been named associate dean for Extension in N.C. State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service effective immediately. Zublena, director of county operations for Cooperative Extension, has served as interim director of the organization since the May 1 retirement of past director Dr. Jon Ort.
Zublena came to N.C. State in 1988, as professor and Extension leader for the Soil Science Department, where he was also a specialist in waste management and utilization.
Since then, he has served numerous roles with Cooperative Extension, including associate state program leader for natural resources and community and rural development (1995-96), assistant Extension director and director of county operations (1996-2000), associate Extension director and director of county operations (2000-2010), and interim associate dean and director of Extension, associate Extension director and director of county operations (2010).
Prior to joining the faculty at N.C. State, Zublena was professor and state Extension agronomist for corn and grain sorghum. He also served as a regional agronomist in Clemson University’s Agronomy and Soils Department.
In announcing Zublena’s appointment to the college on Tuesday, Dean Johnny Wynne said, “Please join me in congratulating and thanking Dr. Zublena for his willingness to take on this important position during these challenging times.” A search for associate Extension director of county operations will be conducted within Cooperative Extension.
Zublena and his wife Lise have been married for 32 years. They have two adult children, Ailis and Jonathan.
North Carolina Cooperative Extension partners with communities to deliver education and technology that enrich the lives, land and economy of North Carolinians. Extension serves citizens of the state’s 100 counties and the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, providing education and technical assistance based on research from North Carolina’s land-grant universities, N.C. State University and N.C. A&T State University. Extension specializes in agriculture, youth, communities, health and the environment by responding to local needs.
–Written by Natalie Hampton, Natalie_hampton@ncsu.edu or 919.513.3128