|MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Aug. 13, 2013) – Manatee County Commissioners today unanimously approved the appointment of Samantha Kennedy to lead the Manatee County office of the University of Florida/IFAS Agriculture and Extension Service.
Kennedy (photo attached) was hired in 2004 as the Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Agent for Manatee County in charge of developing and implementing educational programs for children and adults on nutrition, health and wellness, food safety and more.
“I never saw myself as the manager until recently when I was looking for new challenges,” Kennedy told County Commissioners today. “There’s a long tradition of the Extension Service in Manatee County and I look forward to carrying that on. I’m going to do my best for you.”
Brenda Rogers, who is director of the Community Services Department that oversees the extension service, said Kennedy has lead innovative and challenging educational programs over her time with the County and she has helped Manatee net more than $250,000 in grants during her tenure.
“I look forward to working with her, as she leads the staff and volunteers that carry out the educational programs of the Extension Service and Soil Conservation in Manatee County,” Rogers said. “Samantha has the skill, ability and a deep sense of caring that will help her make a difference as UF County Extension Director and Division Manager.”
Kennedy is recipient of numerous Florida Association of Family and Consumer Science awards including the New Achiever Award, the Extension Excellence Award and the state, regional and national winner of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Environmental Education Team Award.
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