Jay Harris will begin serving as the Cottonwood District Extension Director, effective March 6. Cottonwood District has offices in Great Bend and Hays, Kansas. Harris’s primary office is in Hays.
He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agronomy from Kansas State University. Harris has most recently been employed as a business manager for Western Prairie Equine Service and as an agricultural education teacher for Thomas More Prep-Marian Jr./Sr. High School in Hays, KS.
Extension Directors provide administrative leadership for budget and fiscal operations; personnel management of local staff; overall program development, delivery, and evaluation; and assurance of accessibility to local programming by all individuals. Harris will also be working directly with the community vitality programs in Cottonwood District.
Local extension faculty are jointly employed in a partnership between K-State Research and Extension, headquartered on the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan, and the local Extension board.
The role of K-State Research and Extension is to encourage the adoption of research-based information to improve the quality of life for Kansans. K-State Research and Extension is the short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service.