Appointments

Della A. Baker, state leader for Extension staff development

Della A. Baker, state leader for Extension staff development, is serving as president of Epsilon Sigma Phi, a national Extension organization that promotes professional development and standards of excellence. South Carolina hosted the national convention this fall in Charleston, with 300 delegates from 47 states attending 25 workshops. 

Mary M. Beck, chair of animal and veterinary sciences Mary M. Beck, a poultry physiologist from the University of Nebraska, has joined Clemson as chair of animal and veterinary sciences. She sees her role as an enabler, helping faculty and students reach their potential. Her focus is expanding the graduate program, developing the curriculum and faculty, and creating a diversified research mix to meet industry needs.

Jorge Calzadilla, director of the Youth Learning Institute Jorge Calzadilla, director of the Youth Learning Institute, is serving as an adviser for The National Forum on Children and Nature. The Conservation Fund initiative addresses issues that affect children’s health and environmental stewardship by developing nationally significant demonstration projects.

Patricia A. Layton, USDA Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21) Patricia A. Layton, Clemson forestry and natural resources chair, has been re-appointed to the USDA Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21). The AC21 was established in 2003 to examine the long-term impact of biotechnology on the U.S. food and agriculture system and USDA.

Steve Meadows, associate director of state Extension Field Operations Steve Meadows has been appointed associate director of state Extension Field Operations. His new duties include working with program team leaders and agents across the state. Director of the Edisto Research & Education Center for more than 10 years, Meadows will be succeeded by John Mueller as interim director.

John Mueller, interim director at the Edisto Research & Education Center John Mueller has been named interim director at the Edisto Research & Education Center. He has conducted research and outreach at the center for 24 years, focused on plant pathology in cotton and soybeans.  His recent efforts helped establish statewide sentinel plots for early detection of Asian soybean rust.