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Burke is new Northeast District Extension director

Dr. Travis Burke

Dr. Travis Burke, Pasquotank County Extension director, has been named the Northeast District Extension director for the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service.  Dr. Joe Zublena, Cooperative Extension associate director and director of county operations, announced that Burke will begin the new assignment effective March 1. Burke replaces Dr. Wanda Sykes, who retired this past October.

“We're excited to have Dr. Burke on the County Operations Team which oversees all the Extension employees and programs in the counties,” Zublena said. “He is an outstanding people person who excels in establishing relationships and networks.”

Burke has served as Pasquotank County’s Extension director since 1998. Prior to that role, he was the Extension agricultural and 4-H and Youth Development agent in Pasquotank from 1982 to 1998.

A native of Elizabeth City, he earned a 1982 bachelor’s degree in agricultural education, a 1986 master’s degree in agriculture and a 2002 doctoral degree in adult and community college education, all from N.C. State University.

During his career with Extension, he has served as state president of the North Carolina Association of Extension 4-H Agents, Southern Region director for the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents and treasurer for the Federation of Cooperative Extension Associations. He has been recognized by extension educational associations, Pasquotank County and community groups for outstanding educational programming.

“I feel honored to have the opportunity to serve  the people of  eastern North Carolina at this level,” Burke said. “The Northeastern District team looks forward to making a difference in the years ahead.”

-- Terri Leith