Career educator Edwards is CAES Alumni Achievement Award winner

Kelvin Edwards stands with Dean Mohamed Ahmedna, Ph.D., after being named 2021 CAES Alumni Achievement Award recipient at the Fall Convocation.

Kelvin Edwards, Ed.D., ‘89 and ‘93, was awarded the CAES’s Alumni Achievement Award at Fall Convocation. A career educator, Edwards is the superintendent of Greensville County Public Schools, in Emporia, Va.  Before this, he served as assistant superintendent of human resources and auxiliary services for Northampton County Public Schools in North Carolina and as deputy superintendent in Franklin City Public Schools.   He has more than 28 years of experience working at all levels of public education.

Edwards began his teaching career as a middle school teacher in 1993, teaching biotechnology and agriculture education. He also spent eight years teaching and serving as an agriculture education advisor and as a principal at the elementary and secondary level,

“I firmly believe that ‘education is the great equalizer,’as stated by Horace Mann, and that greatness is the rightful destiny for all students regardless of their zip code,” Edwards said.

Currently a county commissioner in Northampton County, he is also a member of the American Association of School Administrators, Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, NAACP, CAES Alumni Society and the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Edwards earned a doctorate in educational leadership and an educational specialist degree from Cambridge College; advanced licensure from NC State University and Cambridge College; a master of science degree in agricultural education and a bachelor of science degree in agricultural technology (animal science).

He is married to his wife of 25 years, Shewanda Edwards. They have two children; Kelse and Kelvin Jr.

Goins, Jefferson-Moore named to USDA advisory board

Gregory Goins, Ph.D.

Kenrett Jefferson-More, Ph.D.

Two CAES professors have been appointed to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board and its committees.

Kenrett Jefferson-Moore, Ph.D., was reappointed to the board in the area of Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education.

Gregory Goins, Ph.D., will serve on NAREEE’s Specialty Crop Committee.

“As we continue to build back better a fair, equitable, safe and secure food and agricultural system, science and research are at the core of data-driven decisions,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “The NAREEE board will play a pivotal role in shaping science priorities needed to address tough challenges that our nation’s farmers, ranchers and consumers face.”

The board provides feedback to the secretary of agriculture, to USDA’s Research, Education, and Economics (REE) mission area, and to land-grant colleges and universities on food and agricultural research, education, extension and economics priorities and policies. Committees focus on specific agricultural science areas considered by the full committee.

The board also provides reports and recommendations to the appropriate agricultural committees of the U.S. Congress.

NAREEE Board members are selected and appointed by the secretary of agriculture. Each board member represents a specific category of U.S. agricultural stakeholder, includign farming or ranching, food production and processing, forestry research, crop and animal science, land-grant Institutions, non-land-grant colleges or universities with a historic commitment to research in food and agricultural sciences, food retailing and marketing, rural economic development, and natural resources and consumer interest groups.

Pender Community College signs agreement with CAES

Antoine Alston, Ph.D. discusses the 2+2 program in agricultural education with the delegation from Pender Community College at a signing ceremony earlier this month at Webb Hall. The agreement allows Pender students to matriculate to the CAES after two years.

N.C. A&T Provost Beryl McEwen shakes hands with Elizabeth Townsend, vice president of Pender Community College, after signing the agreement.

Community herb garden, Huchette featured on N.C. News Service

Lecturer Odile Huchette of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences was interviewed by the N.C. News Service about the health benefits of herbs for students and the community, and how to cook with them. To read the story, please go to Community Herb Garden Reconnects NC Residents with Plants’ Health Benefits.

Fashion merchandising and design program hosts fall showcase

Fashion merchandising and design department’s student showcase focused on sustainability this fall.  Devona Dixon, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Fashion Merchandising and Design program in the CAES at North Carolina A&T State University, distributes some handouts to attendees at the Fashion Merchandising and Design Student Showcase Friday, November 12, 2021 in the Student Center on campus.