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Extension promotes McCarty to new role
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- The state's leading cotton specialist will assume new responsibilities with Mississippi State University's Extension Service as assistant director and state leader for agriculture and natural resources.
Joe McGilberry, executive director of University Extension and Outreach, recently announced Will McCarty's promotion, effective Dec. 15. McCarty has been serving as Extension leader, professor and cotton specialist in MSU's Department of Plant and Soil Sciences.
"Dr. McCarty has provided distinguished leadership for Extension Service programs in cotton production for nearly two decades and is known for his expertise throughout the state and nation," McGilberry said. "In his new role, Dr. McCarty will be responsible for programming and budgetary operations related to Extension's agriculture and natural resource efforts."
McCarty received his bachelor's degree in agronomy from MSU in 1975 and a master's in agronomy with a soils specialization in 1977. He worked with the U.S. Forest Service before joining the Extension Service in 1980 as an area agronomist and was named state cotton specialist in 1986. He completed his doctorate in agronomy at MSU in 1991.
"I am pleased we have a person of Dr. McCarty's capabilities and character to fill this pivotal position in the MSU Extension Service," McGilberry said.
McCarty is a native of Clarke County, Mississippi. He and his wife, Karen, have three daughters: Elizabeth, Margaret and Sarah.