In February of 2012 the Institute welcomed Tina Clift as the Business Services Coordinator. She brings with her over 30 years of budgetary and personnel management experience. Tina and her husband, Phil moved to North Carolina from California in July, 2006. Phil's work in the fertilizer and agricultural chemical industry introduced them to the south, and they decided to move to the region after their last child left home for college. Tina started her career with East Carolina University in the College of Education, working first for the Office of Teacher Education, then moving to the Dean's Office to serve as their Budget Manager and ECU-FIT Compliance Officer. Tina is excited about the opportunity to work with the Institute because she thought it would be "the perfect opportunity to marry her professional life and personal life and give back to the agriculture industry."