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ALABAMA A&M UNIVERSITY, Ala.— The Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Alabama A&M University (AAMU) announces the retirement of Celvia Stovall, Alabama Extension associate director, effective January 1, 2022.

43 Years of Service

Stovall began her career with the Cooperative Extension System as a county agent, moving up in rank to specialist and, ultimately, administrator. Over the course of 43 years, she worked as an educator, researcher and administrator in six states including Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Tennessee, Louisiana and Alabama, where she grew up.

“I wish to thank Dr. Stovall for her dedicated leadership to Alabama Extension at AAMU,” said Allen Malone, Extension director and 1890 administrator. “Her presence will be greatly missed.”

National Leadership

Stovall served on numerous committees at various organizations to progress national Extension work. These organizations include The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (Extension Committee on Organization and Policy), the 1890 Association of Extension Administrators (AEA) and the Southern Region Program Leadership Network. She also served as chair of the Journal of Extension.

Through her national leadership, she introduced Alabama Extension staff to new opportunities and helped the program team at AAMU to win numerous national awards. These awards include the AEA 1890 Award of Excellence and the National Award for Excellence in Extension from The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

Final Words

Prior to her retirement, Stovall shared a few sentiments to reflect on her years of service.

“Over my career, I worked with some of the most amazing and dedicated professionals in the country,” Stovall said. “It has been an unbelievable journey, one that I will remember and talk about for the remainder of my life.”

Stovall is one of three individuals who retired from Alabama Extension at AAMU in the past year. Other retirees included Cynthia Whittaker, who served as an urban regional Extension agent in Jefferson County, and Pam Jude, who worked on the AAMU campus as an administrative assistant.

Alabama Extension wishes Stovall and other retirees the best in their future endeavors.

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