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WVU Extension Service agent appointed to board of national professional development association

Morgantown, W.Va. – WVU Extension Service’s McDowell County 4-H Agent, Donald Reed, has been elected to the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents board of trustees as the vice president of finance and operations.

In this appointment, Reed will oversee the expenses, income and investments of the association while continuing to serve in his current role in McDowell County. The organization reports over a million dollars in assets, and Reed will help three different conference groups maximize their professional development efforts while staying in budget.

“The NAE4-HA is the premier organization for all the 4-H agents across the country, and it helps give us a cooperative voice to align our goals with large entities such as the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture,” said Reed.

The National Association of Extension 4-H Agents is an organization for those professionals dedicated to promoting, strengthening, enhancing and advocating for 4-H youth development. The organization is an internationally recognized, nonprofit, non-partisan association of educators, and one of the largest with a diverse membership of nearly 3,600 members.

It’s here that Reed finds both the desire to serve the organization and the biggest benefit to being a member.

“Every year when you go to these conferences, you walk away with the appreciation of what cooperative extension does as a whole across the nation,” said Reed. “The room is filled with people that have a servant’s heart, and you can go around the room and learn from someone that has a different expertise area than you do.” 

Reed is serving a two-year appointment, just in time to help the WVU Extension Service West Virginia 4-H program host the organization’s national conference at the Greenbrier Resort in 2019.

For more than a century, 4-H has focused on agricultural science, electricity, mechanics, entrepreneurship and natural sciences. Today, 4-H out-of-school opportunities also exist in subjects like rocketry, robotics, biofuels, renewable energy and computer science.

To learn more about new opportunities in the 4-H program, visit, or contact your local office of the WVU Extension Service.



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