New 4-H agent joins county office

Nov. 21, 2013 @ 06:19 PM

Turner A. Pride Jr. joined Vance County Cooperative Extension on Nov. 1 as the 4-H agent.

At age 23, he anchors the lower end of what Morris White, the director, termed “our intergenerational team.”

A native of Raleigh, Pride graduated from Enloe High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in family science from the University of Maryland and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public administration at N.C. Central.

Pride said he is excited about the job and coming to Vance County.

“I enjoy the small-town feel of it, where you can get to know people on a personal level,” Pride said.

He came to the position with Cooperative Extension from N.C. Farm Bureau, where he worked in research and development. He has also held summer jobs with the Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department.

“I helped set up the poultry show over in Warren County,” he said, but his primary responsibilities will be in Vance County.

White said, “We are excited to have him as part of our team. He’ll bring innovative ideas to the job and keep alive the programs we have in Vance County.”

Pride’s mother is associate vice chancellor for university relations at N.C. A&T. His brother attends the UNC Greensboro. His grandmother lives in Raleigh.

Although his roots are deep in North Carolina, he confessed that his connection with the University of Maryland gives him mixed loyalties during football and basketball seasons.

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