Stuart named acting leader of Carroll extension office

Interim director steps up after Greene's retirement


Carroll County's Office of the Maryland Cooperative Extension named Judy Stuart, a financial management specialist, its acting director yesterday.

Stuart, 51, has been interim director since David L. Greene retired July 1.

She is required to serve at least a year as acting director before the position becomes permanent.

It marks the first time the office will be led by someone without expertise in agriculture.

Stuart has spent 15 years as the office's family and consumer sciences educator, helping families manage their finances and working in nutrition education and leadership development.

Stuart said farmers in Carroll County should not worry about her lack of experience in agriculture. "I don't pretend to know agriculture," she said. "But we have two agriculture educators who can help with their concerns and problems."

Those educators -- Michael Bell and Bryan Butler -- will take over Greene's agriculture responsibilities while Stuart handles the office's administrative work.

Greene, an extension agent in Carroll County for 27 years, had been director since 1990.

Stuart received a bachelor's degree in home economics and a master's degree in education from West Virginia University. She lives in New Market, Frederick County.

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