LONG-TIME STATE program leader and administrative support coordinator Joe McGilberry was named director of the Mississippi State University Extension Service this summer after serving one year as its interim director.

“Dr. McGilberry's unparalleled familiarity with the new organizational structure and the philosophy behind it, coupled with his career-long focus on issues related to economic and community development, make him an obvious and excellent choice to head this major component of Mississippi State on a long-term basis,” said Vance Watson, interim vice president of MSU's Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine.

McGilberry was appointed interim Extension director in July 2001, having served since 1978 in various Extension economic development efforts. For the 10 years prior to his appointment as interim director, he headed the Enterprise and Community Resource Development state program area within the Extension Service.

“Dr. McGilberry assumed leadership of the Extension Service during a time of transition, and we have depended on his experience in managing the business of the organization to maintain effective service to the citizens of Mississippi,” said Charles Lee, interim president of MSU. “His experience and reputation in stimulating economic development will help to insure that the agency does its part to assist individuals, businesses and communities in their economic pursuits.”