The director of a county extension program in Florida has been named director of North Carolina Cooperative Extension programs in Richmond County.
Susan Kelly is the new Richmond Cooperative Extension director as of April 1, 2013. Kelly’s appointment as Richmond 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 Rick Sago, Richmond County manager. Retired County Extension director Susan Hamilton had been serving as interim Richmond County director.
Kelly has directed the extension program in Sumter County in central Florida since 2005. Prior to joining extension in Florida, Kelly was a human resources training specialist in Groveland, Fla., and worked in schools in Orlando and Tavares, Fla., as an agriscience teacher and program specialist and occupational specialist and tech prep coordinator.
The new director holds a master’s degree in agriculture and agricultural education and communication from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s degree in horticulture and agricultural industries from Ohio State University.
“We are extremely excited about Susan joining the Richmond County team,” said Clinton McRae, director for Cooperative Extension’s South Central District, which includes Richmond County. “She will bring several years of proven leadership experience. She‘ll join a high-performing team that works diligently to meet the needs of the community. Susan’s background in agriculture and community development will be an asset to the team.”
North Carolina Cooperative Extension is an educational agency supported by county governments, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, N.C. State University and North Carolina A&T State University. A staff of agents serves each county and the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians. Backed by specialists at the two land-grant universities, agents conduct educational programs related to agriculture and forestry, family and consumer sciences, 4-H, community and rural development, and other issues of concern to North Carolina citizens. The extension service is headquartered in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at N.C. State University.