New County Extension Director named for Granville

North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Granville County announces that Charissa M. Puryear has been named County Extension Director (CED).


Puryear transitions into the Director role after serving as Youth Programs Coordinator for Granville County Extension for 16 years. She has extensive experience in volunteer recruitment and training, management, grant writing, program development/implementation, group facilitation, and community development/engagement.


A graduate of Shaw University with a degree in Social Work, Puryear holds certifications as a facilitator for Triple P Parenting, Basic Mediation skills, First Aid/CPR Instruction and mental health, among many other accomplishments. She has collaborated with many county and community organizations and serves on various boards and committees both personally and professionally.


“I am humbled to fill the role of the County Extension Director for North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Granville County,” Puryear said of the announcement. “I am passionate about locating resources, motivating change and empowering people. Community outreach and engagement are important in both my professional and personal life. I am grateful for this opportunity and look forward to partnering with the community to dialogue on how Cooperative Extension can best serve the Granville County community.”


A Granville County resident since 2003, Puryear follows former Cooperative Extension Director Paul Westfall, who served the county as CED and livestock agent since 2008 and recently retired. Westfall had also spent several years serving as CED in Person County.


The N.C. Cooperative Extension Office for Granville County is located at 125 Oxford Loop Road in Oxford. Puryear can be reached by phone or by email at (919) 603-1350 or


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