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.
Scott is no stranger to 4-H and is a true “clover”. A former Nash County 4-H member, he understands the values, mission and ideals of 4-H. Scott has over twenty years of experience with NC State University and Cooperative Extension.
While working in the Department of Agricultural and Human Science (2007- 2015), Scott served as the project coordinator for Operation: Military Kids North Carolina (OMK) program where he led educational, recreational hands-on programs for military dependents before, during, and after deployments of their service member.
Scott received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management and Organizational Development from the University of Mount Olive.