Dalton Dockery Selected as Southeast District Extension Director for NC State

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Dalton Dockery, an NC State alumnus with 27 years experience in Extension, has been named as the university’s new Southeast District Extension Director, effective June 30.

Dockery will provide leadership for NC State’s Extension directors, agents and specialists in the Southeast District, which encompasses 19 counties, ranging from urban to rural to coastal.

“Dalton is extremely qualified for this important leadership position,” said Richard Bonanno, NC State Extension director. “He has worked in this district for many years, and is well known and respected by his colleagues. Dalton is a talented, effective and dedicated individual who never loses sight of his desire to help the people of North Carolina.”

NC State organizes its 101 local Extension centers into five districts, each under the leadership of a director. 

Extension serves as a bridge between North Carolinians and our state’s land-grant universities, NC State and N.C. A&T State. With a vast network of partnerships and university experts, Extension puts science into action, delivering practical solutions to local issues across the state.

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Dockery currently is director of Extension’s Columbus County Center, a position he has held since 2009. He has also served as director in Bladen County and interim director in Brunswick and Robeson counties. He was Extension horticulture specialist in Bladen, Sampson and Columbus counties from 1995-2007.

He is looking forward to bringing his experience and talents to bear as the new Southeast District Extension Director.

“I will utilize the leadership, management and communication skills that I have gained over the past 27 years to continue advancing the mission of Extension through effective and organizational leadership,” he said. “Building relationships is at the core of what we do. We want to identify and solve local problems, and to do that we have to show our community that we care first.”

Dockery has been involved in agriculture all his life. He grew up in Nakina, North Carolina, in Columbus County, where he worked on his grandfather’s 100-acre farm.

Dockery graduated with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education from NC State in 1994, and with a master’s in agricultural and extension education in 2000. He earned a Ph.D. in leadership studies from N.C. A&T State University in 2015.

His honors include the Columbus County Commissioners Public Service Award & Recognition in 2021, NC State’s “I am CALS” Public Service Award in 2021, an Award of Excellence in Public Service from NC State in 2020, the Dr. Billy & Mrs. Wilma Caldwell Extension Leadership Award in 2018, and an Extension award for Superior Leadership in 2017.

N.C. Cooperative Extension is a strategic partnership of NC State University, N.C. A&T State University, USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA), and local governments statewide. Extension professionals in all 100 counties, and with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, connect millions of North Carolinians with research-based information and technology from NC State and N.C. A&T.

Discover more at go.ncsu.edu/About-Extension.