The Cotton Board recently announced the hiring of Paul Dugger as regional director of field services – West and Suzanne Dangerfield as executive assistant.

As the Cotton Board’s Regional Director of Field Services – West, Dugger, will serve as the direct link to the Cotton Research & Promotion Program for Upland cotton producers and industry leaders in Arizona, California and New Mexico. As a regional representative for the Program, he will attend various industry meetings, speak on behalf of the Cotton Research & Promotion Program and keep Cotton Board senior staff and Board members informed of issues in the field, which may impact the operation of the Program.

Prior to joining the Cotton Board, Dugger worked at the National Cotton Council for 18 years, serving as assistant to the executive director of the Cotton Foundation, manager of special technical projects, coordinator of Beltwide cotton conferences and a field representative of member services. He has also worked in gin relations and cottonseed shipping and receiving, and will apply his industry experience to benefit the Cotton Research & Promotion Program for America’s producers of Upland cotton. Dugger is a graduate from Arizona State University with a degree in Ag Industry/Agribusiness Management.

Suzanne Dangerfield, a native from Hattiesburg, Miss., joins the Cotton Board as executive assistant to president and CEO, William P. Crawford. Prior to working at the Cotton Board, she served as executive assistant to the president of the Memphis Regional Chamber of Commerce for nearly 20 years.

As executive assistant at the Cotton Board, Dangerfield will assist in the ongoing administrative support to the Cotton Board’s executive managers, as well as the monitoring and maintaining the organization’s meeting schedule, official records and correspondence. She will also assist in the general communications activities among the Cotton Board staff, Board members and the USDA.