Wednesday, February 12, 2014

New Extension Director Has Sheep/Goat Ties

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Maryland has hired a new Associate Dean and Associate Director of University of Maryland Extension. He is Dr. Stephen Wright.

Dr. Stephen Wright (image by Edwin Remsberg)

Dr. Wright comes to Maryland from Ohio State University, where he held an administrative position.  Dr. Wright is a native of Maryland. He earned his undergraduate degree in geography, a master's degree in urban studies, and a Ph.D. in agriculture and extension education from the University of Maryland.

Dr. Wright has a strong connection to the sheep and goat industry. He managed as many as 150 goats and 200 ewes at his Sunland Mountain Farm in Mt. Solon, Virginia. The first livestock Dr. Wright purchased were Tennessee Fainting goats, a rare breed. Dr. Wright joined the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (now called The Livestock Conservancy). Within a year of purchasing the goats, he added St. Croix sheep to his farm. Dr. Wright was instrumental in getting farmers to raise hair sheep in his area.

Before moving to Ohio, Dr. Wright sold his farm; however, he still maintains a small flock of St. Croix sheep that he plans to move back east. Welcome back to Maryland, Dr. Wright!

Read University of Maryland news release

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