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MSU extension changes administrative structure – Picayune Item

By Nathan Grégoire

MSU Extension Service

STARKVILLE, Mississippi — Mississippi State University’s outreach service is changing its administrative structure to commit more resources to county-level staffing.

When Steve Martin returned to his main role as Associate Director of the MSU Extension on November 16, his title changed to Associate Director of County Operations.

Martin was previously Associate Director of Extension’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Programs, while Paula Threadgill led the 4-H and Family and Consumer Sciences programs before retiring at the end of 2020. The position of Director associate that she left has been deleted. Martin will now lead all of Extension’s programmatic efforts at the county level.

He will have oversight responsibilities for the four regional extension coordinators, the 4-H Youth Development Center, the Office of Nutritional Education, Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers, Civil Rights, MSU Horse Park and Mississippi Boll Weevil Program. Along with the hiring and retention of county extension officers, the county’s overall operating budgets will also become its responsibility as part of the reorganization.

MSU’s Director of Extension Gary Jackson will continue to lead overall extension operations with a focus on state and federal initiatives, legislative program and process, planning and evaluation. programs, professors and specialists, budgeting, policy and other tasks.

“In addition to helping us move closer to the staffing we need at the county level, this new structure centralizes our business and hiring practices and improves our representation for each of our five core program areas in our. counties, ”Jackson said.

He added that the role changes provide a greater opportunity for MSU research and extension center heads to focus more on programs, collaborative projects, grants, contracts and other challenges and needs of MSU. their centers.

“I would like to thank Dr Keith Coble (MSU Vice President for the Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine Division) and our extension center and unit heads for their support. “

of this change, ”Jackson said. “I also appreciate Dr Martin for his willingness to take on these new responsibilities. “