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Hughes Center welcomes new board members, honors outgoing members

From left are Assistant Director Nancy Nunn, new board members Terron Hillsman, Isabel Hardesty, Senator Addie Eckardt, Ed Heikes and Ernie Shea, and Executive Director Suzanne Dorsey. New board member not pictured: Steven Jones.
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Josh Bollinger

QUEENSTOWN — The Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology recently welcomed six new members to its board of directors, while honoring two former members with emeritus status.

New to the Hughes Center board of directors are Maryland Senator Addie Eckardt; ShoreRivers regional director for the Chester and Sassafras rivers Isabel Hardesty; Talbot County farmer Ed Heikes; Maryland State Conservationist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service Dr. Terron Hillsman; Eastern Shore Agriculture Sustains founder Steven Jones; and Natural Resource Solutions founder Ernie Shea.

“The lifeblood of the Hughes Center is rooted in attracting new, dynamic directors,” said Ed Fry, Hughes Center board president and Kent County farmer. “This year, we are fortunate that the six new directors will add tremendous quality and experience to what has always been a strong board.”

Emeritus board status was given to two longstanding board members. The Center’s namesake, former Governor Harry Hughes, has been promoted to president emeritus of the board. Also, Cordova farmer Bobby Hutchison has been promoted to member emeritus after serving the board since 2000.

“Both Governor Hughes and Bobby embody the core values of this organization — being a reasonable environmentalist and the ability to engage and solve problems with people whose relationships might otherwise be constrained by differences,” Hughes Center Executive Director Dr. Suzanne Dorsey said.

“The Hughes Center represents a small part of Governor Hughes’ legacy. The Center recognizes that we have to live up to his leadership, particularly in his efforts that led to the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement and taking the risks that have led all the Bay states down the path to a healthier environment,” Dorsey said. “Our new board members are bringing renewed expertise and energy to a board of established leaders.”

The board of directors for the Hughes Center — a nonprofit affiliated with the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources — is comprised of members who represent different geographic areas of the state and reflect a balance among the agricultural, forestry, environmental, academic and public policy communities that the Center serves.

Founded in 1999, the Center provides leadership to promote environmentally sound and economically viable agriculture and forestry as Maryland’s preferred land use through research, outreach and collaboration.

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