Thomas W. McCutcheon is the newest Extension agent in the Monongalia County office of the West Virginia University Extension Service.

A graduate of WVU , McCutcheon returns to Morgantown after serving as a Roane County Extension agent for eight years. He brings a wide range of experience to his”new”position, which concentrates on agriculture and includes work in 4-H, youth and community and economic development.

McCutcheon has conducted several agriculture and youth development classes. He has served as an advisor to RoaneCountys 4-H Leaders Association and the Roane-Jackson County Master Gardeners program. He is a member of the Roane County Farm Bureau and several regional agriculture-related committees.

His previous employment experience includes work as a biological science technician for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a plant and pest biologist with the West Virginia Department of Agriculture. He was also a graduate research assistant in WVU s Plant and Soil Sciences Division. He earned a masters degree in entomology and a bachelors degree in horticulture from WVU .

He assumes the position previously held by Beth Massey, who left the area in June.

On Monday, Dec. 2, he joined other WVU Monongalia County office staff members Patricia Kisner, Extension agent; Randell Schoonover, program assistant, 4-H; Sheryl Bergen Jarvis, program assistant, agriculture; Belinda Nicholas-Owens, nutrition outreach instructor; Linda Atkins, secretary; and Carole Carr, secretary. The office is located at 26 Commerce Drive in the Wes-MonPlaza in Westover (near Morgantown).

“McCutcheon is a great person for this position. His overall background and knowledge will serve the citizens of MonongaliaCounty well,”said Lawrence S. Cote, associate provost for Extension and public service.”We appreciate the search committees hard work over the last several months to choose an appropriate candidate to fill this important post. This appointment is another example of Extensions commitment to serve the citizens of MonongaliaCounty and the state.”

The WVU Extension Service serves as the outreach division of West VirginiaUniversity. Extension has offices in all 55 counties which provide citizens with knowledge in areas such as 4-H and youth development, agriculture, family and consumer sciences, health, leadership development and community and economic development.