Jeffrey J. Himes will become the West Virginia University Extension agent in Calhoun County January 1, 2005.

He will be responsible for programs in 4-H youth development and family and consumer sciences.

Currently, Himes is the Extension youth agent in Marion County, a position he has held since September 2003. He joined WVU Extension in September 2002 as youth agent in Jefferson County. Before that, he was an educational resource development coordinator with the Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension Service in Hillsville, Carroll County, Va.

Himes received a bachelor's degree in agricultural science from Pennsylvania State University in 1997 and a master's degree in sociology from WVU in 2001. While studying at WVU, he was a teaching assistant and research assistant. He also volunteered with the Community Design Team, State 4-H Day, and McDowell County flood recovery efforts.

Himes has experience as a coal miner and carpenter. He spent two years with the Northern Cambria, Pa., Community Development Corp. as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) worker. In that position, he was responsible for writing proposals and developing educational programs.