Philip Alan “Al” Hight joined the New Hanover County Cooperative Extension and Arboretum as director in August, 2009. Among his responsibilities are the day-to-day operations for the Arboretum and Cooperative Extension educational programs in horticulture, 4-H and family and consumer science.
Under Al’s direction, an on-going garden improvement project is making the Arboretum display garden more people and event–friendly and creating a better educational resource for the citizens of New Hanover County.
Al has over 25 years of experience as a North Carolina extension agent and county extension director. He also owned and operated his own landscape design business for ten years. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from North Carolina State University. He is a fitness enthusiast who doubles his workout by running and lifting weights.