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Baldree Appointed WSU Extension District Director

PULLMAN, Wash. — T. Randel Baldree, a Washington State University extension educator in Whitman County since 1988, has been named extension district director for southeast Washington.

Baldree will have administrative responsibilities for extension faculty in Whitman, Garfield, Columbia, Asotin, Franklin, Walla Walla , Benton, Klickitat, Yakima, Grant and Kittitas counties, said Linda K. Fox, associate dean and associate director for WSU Extension.

Among other things, he will help formulate and implement overall policy and goals, recommend program emphases and personnel and resource allocations.

“We are delighted to have Randy join the administrative team,” said Fox. “He brings to the job 16 years of very positive experience at the county level as well as a clear understanding of the challenges facing Extension in the future.”

Baldree earned a bachelor’s of science degree in animal sciences at Texas A & M University in 1975 and a master’s of science in animal sciences at Stephen F. Austin State University in 1980.

He worked as a county extension agent in Texas from 1976 to 1979 before moving to Nacogdoches, Texas, to manage the university farm for Austin State University and serve as an instructor in animal sciences.

He later operated a farm in Eden, Texas, and worked as a dairy nutritional consultant with Land O’ Lakes/CENEX Inc., before becoming area extension educator for WSU Whitman County Extension in 1988.

Baldree will begin his new job on July 1. He will be based at WSU Tri-Cities. He replaces Interim Southeast District Director Elvin Kulp who has retired from WSU Extension.

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