Local associate agricultural agent Carl T. Mitchell has been appointed director of the Stokes County Center for North Carolina Cooperative Extension, effective March 13.
Sheri Schwab, associate director of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at NC State University, and Rick Morris, Stokes County manager, announced the appointment week. It was approved by the Stokes County Board of Commissioners on Feb. 27.
Mitchell succeeds Deborah L. Cox, who retired Nov. 1 after more than four years in the position.
Mitchell, a Stokes County native, joined Extension in February 2016 after serving more than 14 years as a science teacher in Guilford, Forsyth and Stokes counties.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in zoology from NC State University and a master’s degree in science education from East Carolina University.
According to Extension’s North Central District Director Jim Cowden, Mitchell’s experience in educational leadership and teaching are an asset.
“He received a certificate of educational leadership from Appalachian State University in 2016, which should serve him well in this new role,” Cowden said. “He was also raised in the county, thus he knows many of the county residents.”
North Carolina Cooperative Extension is an educational outreach of NC State and North Carolina A&T State universities, in partnership with county governments and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Its programs focus on agriculture, food and 4-H youth development.