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WVU Extension Service announces leadership appointments at Jackson’s Mill

WVU Extension Service announced today the appointments of two key interim leadership roles at WVU Jackson’s Mill. David Snively has been appointed interim director, and Jason Burnside will serve as interim assistant director. Truman Wolfe, director, WVU Jackson’s Mill, announced his plans to retire in January 2021. The interim appointments will allow for a smooth transition and continuity for the organization moving forward.

Snively, who serves as the WVU Extension Service agent for Ritchie and Tyler counties, will oversee the day-to-day operations of the facility, including budgeting, scheduling of events, and working collaboratively with WVU and WVU Extension to support local and state economic development opportunities. He also will work collaboratively to develop a long-term strategic vision for WVU Jackson’s Mill, including expansion of programming opportunities for West Virginia youth, as well as activities that meet the ever-changing needs of visitors and guests. Snively will continue to serve as the WVU Extension Service agent in Ritchie County.

Burnside, who serves as 4-H camping specialist, will serve as interim assistant director. In this role, he will focus on the implementation and expansion of programs where young people can participate in hands-on learning opportunities, expand their knowledge, participate in cultural exchange and create life-long connections. Burnside also will assist in developing the long- and short-term strategic goals for the facility. Before taking on the role of the 4-H camping specialist, he served as the Extension agent in Harrison County.

“WVU Jackson’s Mill has become a true hub for youth activities, including camps, educational programming, outdoor recreation and other events. With support of loyal donors and partners, we have been able to expand unique opportunities and experiences for our young people,” WVU Extension Service Dean Jorge Atiles said. “With new projects and programming taking place at the Mill, it is important that we continue the positive momentum, and I know Dave and Jason will provide us with outstanding leadership during this time of transition.”

Extension sought nominations from all state and county Extension faculty and staff and both Snively and Burnside were highly recommended. The appointments are effective immediately.

Wolfe has served as director of WVU Jackson’s Mill since 2010. During that time, he oversaw a number of facility upgrades, including enhancements to all of the residential cottages, council circle and other campus buildings, as well as construction of a new shooting sports complex, a pedestrian bridge to council circle, yurts, RV park, and STEM education center. He also assisted with major fundraising efforts to support programming and capital improvements to the Mill.

“I want to thank Truman for his dedicated service to WVU, WVU Extension Service and the greater West Virginia community,” Atiles said. “He has been so instrumental in helping to facilitate the wonderful improvements that have taken place at the Mill, and we are grateful for his thoughtful leadership during the past ten years.”

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