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July 31, 2013


Kevin Starr to work in Catawba County while search continues for successor to retiring Jeff Carpenter.


Interim Catawba County Cooperative Extension Director Kevin StarrKevin Starr, a Catawba County native and thirty year veteran in Cooperative Extension who has been serving as Extension Director in Lincoln County since 1991, has agreed to serve as Interim Director of Catawba County Cooperative Extension beginning August 1, 2013. He will lead Catawba County’s Extension programs while a search continues for a successor to Jeff Carpenter, who is retiring as Catawba County’s Extension Director, effective August 1.

“We’re really glad to welcome Kevin to our team,” said Mary Furtado, Catawba County Assistant County Manager. “He will have some big shoes to fill in assuming Jeff’s duties, but based on his experience and proven track record in Lincoln County, we believe he’s up for the challenge. As we continue to search for the right person to lead Catawba County’s Cooperative Extension program into the future, we are hopeful that our citizens will continue to enjoy the same quality programming for which Extension has come to be known.”

“Jeff’s standing in the community among those who have worked most closely with him speaks for itself; he has always exhibited patience, kindness, and a quick smile to all with whom he has crossed paths,” Furtado added. “Jeff has demonstrated a willingness to put in hard work alongside those who have needed his assistance, providing a living example of a true servant leader. His beliefs and ideals have been visible to others simply through observing his actions. It is clear that he understands his work is larger than himself, and we are a better community because of his service. We will miss Jeff but have told him not to be a stranger, and we wish him and his family all the best as they begin this next phase of their lives.”

Cooperative Extension is funded by the federal government, State of North Carolina and Catawba County. The key components of Cooperative Extension's mission are sustaining agriculture and forestry, protecting the environment, maintaining viable communities, developing responsible youth and developing strong, healthy and safe families. The Extension’s educational programs include instruction and information in a wide array of subjects.

As Interim Cooperative Extension Director, Starr will oversee the delivery of those services. He will supervise a staff of ten.

Starr was born east of the Town of Maiden and graduated from Maiden High School. He began working as Lincoln County Cooperative Extension Director in 1991 and, prior to that, was a Horticulture Agent in Robeson County, North Carolina for seven and a half years. He served as a landscape technology instructor at Catawba Valley Community College from late 1976 to mid 1981.

“With many ties to Catawba County, I look forward to working with the citizens of the county and with the fine staff in Catawba,” Starr said. “I’ll work to make sure the local staff has the administrative support they need to continue their quality programs.”