Nelson McCaskill is the new Mecklenburg Cooperative Extension director. McCaskill’s appointment as Mecklenburg 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 Michael Kirschman, Deputy Director, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department. He succeeds Robbie Furr, who was named to direct the Cooperative Extension program in Cabarrus County.
McCaskill has been a 4-H Youth Development agent with N.C. Cooperative Extension in Iredell County for 25 years. He has managed a 4-H program that reaches more than 1,900 young people annually while working with 125 adult volunteers.
The new Mecklenburg director holds a master of business administration degree from Gardener-Webb University and a bachelor’s degree in agronomy from North Carolina State University.
“I am extremely excited about Nelson McCaskill’s appointment as county Extension director in Mecklenburg County. It is exciting to know that Nelson will be able to utilize his proven leadership skills to serve the wonderful citizens of Mecklenburg County.” said Clinton McRae, director of Cooperative Extension’s South Central District, which includes Mecklenburg County. “Through working with Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation department, Nelson and the Cooperative Extension staff will be able to make significant impacts in the county. Nelson will be a great asset to the Extension 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.