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State Extension director wins recognition


Jon F. Ort

The director of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at N.C. State University has won an Administrative Leadership Award given by a national extension organization

Dr. Jon F. Ort is the southern region winner of Epsilon Sigma Phi's Administrative Leadership Award. He will be honored at the organization's annual meeting in Colorado Springs in November.

In addition to directing the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, Ort serves as associate dean of N.C. State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and assistant vice chancellor for extension and engagement.

Epsilon Sigma Phi is a national organization dedicated to fostering standards of excellence in the national extension system and developing the extension profession and professional. Extension is an educational partnership of the nation's land-grant universities, county governments and U.S. Department of Agriculture. The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service is N.C. State University's largest outreach program.

Ort was recognized for his success in building teams to plan, implement, promote and support educational programs that are relevant and responsive to high-priority 21st century needs. With the help of 80,000 volunteers, Cooperative Extension's faculty and staff, serving all 100 counties and the Cherokee Reservation, make 2.5 million face-to-face contacts annually to enhance North Carolina's economy, environment and quality of life.

Ort has served as Cooperative Extension director since 1995. He holds a bachelor's degree in zoology and master's and doctoral degrees in poultry nutrition from The Ohio State University. He joined the faculty of N.C. State's Department of Poultry Science in 1979.

- Dee Shore