Dr. Dalton H. McAfee, extension administrator at Alcorn State University, was recently appointed to the board of directors of the American Distance Education Consortium (ADEC), according to Dr. Bobby Moser, board chair.
Dr. McAfee will serve on the ADEC executive committee that officially represents 1890 institutions.
The mission of ADEC is to help member institutions become fully engaged with their communities. The organization provides economical distance education programs and services via the latest and most appropriate information technologies.
“I hope to bring the 1890 voice and its perspective to the table as ADEC addresses distance education issues across the United States and the world,” McAfee said.
A native of Brandon, Mississippi, Dr. McAfee holds a doctorate from The Ohio State University, a master’s degree from Tuskegee University and a bachelor’s degree from Alcorn State University.
McAfee’s career as an educator began in Elba, Alabama, in 1967, where he served as a vocational agriculture teacher at Mulberry Heights and Elba High Schools.
In 1974, he assumed responsibility as assistant administrator for the Cooperative Extension Program at North Carolina A&T State University. Among the programs he coordinated in his first years at A&T was the Farm Opportunities Program which gained national recognition for innovatively providing educational and technical assistance to small scale farmers with one-on-one instruction and the use of paraprofessionals.
Also, he coordinated county operations for A&T Extension, provided leadership for the on-campus specialists and served as liaison between A&T and North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension efforts.
McAfee was selected to serve as associate dean and administrator for the North Carolina A&T Cooperative Extension Program in 1994. In this role, he worked with the dean of the School of Agriculture to provide leadership for all facets of the A&T Cooperative Extension Program.
In 2006, McAfee accepted the ADEC Irving-Barrier Buster Award for hurricane assistance the Alcorn State University Extension Program (ASUEP) provided during the Katrina disaster in the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
He and Dr. John Ort, associate dean and director of the Cooperative Extension Service at North Carolina State University were honored in 2000 with the USDA’s Silver Plow Award in recognition of North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s contribution to relief efforts after Hurricane Floyd. In 1997, they received from then Secretary of Agriculture, Dan Glickman, the Superior Service Award for emergency response efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Fran in 1996.
In 2003, McAfee was appointed to extension administrator for ASUEP. He served as interim dean, School of Agriculture, Research, Extension and Applied Sciences (AREAS) from 2006 to 2008. McAfee has served on numerous state and national committees. His international experience includes work in several Caribbean nations, Belize, Russia and India.
He has published numerous journal articles and research papers. His areas of specialization include adult education, program development and impact evaluation, agricultural education, vocational education, organizational development, and strategic and transformational planning.
McAfee is a certified administrator for Human Patterns and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI). He is active in numerous organizations including Gamma Sigma Theta, Phi Delta Kappa, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Adult Education Association, American Vocational Association.