ETTRICK—Dr. Jewel E. Hairston has been appointed dean of Virginia State University’s School of Agriculture.
Hairston had been serving as the school’s interim dean. She will continue to lead the school’s efforts to develop a strategic plan for its extension and research divisions and for VSU’s academic departments of agriculture, family and consumer services and hospitality management.
She holds doctoral and master’s degrees from Virginia Tech and previously served as associate administrator for Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and as a 4-H youth development specialist at VSU. She also is a former assistant professor at Bowling Green State University and worked as a marketing teacher and adult education coordinator in Roanoke.
Dr. W. Weldon Hill, provost and vice president for academic affairs, called Hairston “a lifelong member of our community who has served VSU’s stakeholders with distinction” in an April 25 memo to faculty and staff.
Martha Moore, vice president for governmental relations at Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, the state’s largest farmers’ advocacy organization, said Hairston “has a talent for bridging the gap between academics and small and disadvantaged farmers. It is very important to inspire researchers and educators while challenging their assumptions to develop practical information that can be used by farmers to increase their profitability.”
Contact Moore at 804-290-1013.