Woodie Hughes Jr., Fort Valley State University’s interim 4-H statewide program leader, was recently selected to serve on two national committees.
Hughes, FVSU’s interim 4-H statewide program leader, was selected to serve as the 1890 regional chair representative for the National 4-H Council, National 4-H Healthy Living Management Team. His term begins in 2015 and will last one year. As regional chair, Hughes will be responsible for conducting monthly management team meetings with all 1890 4-H program leaders and designated 1890 4-H healthy living liaisons.
Hughes, nominated for the position by 4-H colleagues from other 1890 Land-Grant institutions, said he plans to play a positive role in empowering youth through 4-H at the national level. “By being at the table, you’re right there as decisions are being made that affect the entire Cooperative Extension System,” Hughes said.
Hughes said that as the 1890 healthy living regional chair, his goal is to keep all of the 1890 4-H professionals and Extension administrators updated on new health research information disseminated or discussed at the national level. He also plans to keep them abreast on external funding opportunities that may be beneficial to clients. “As I receive that information, I want it to go out regionally. I don’t want us to miss external funding opportunities that could be beneficial to us,” Hughes said referring to 1890 Land-Grant institutions.
In addition to his FVSU and national 4-H duties, Hughes was selected by the 1890 Association of Extension Administrators (AEA) to serve on the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) as the 1890 4-H regional representative. The ECOP is the governing committee for the Cooperative Extension System which FVSU is a member. In this role, Hughes will suggest recommendations to the national ECOP Committee on matters concerning 4-H.
Furthermore, Hughes co-authored a peer-reviewed article with Dr. Javiette Samuel of Kentucky State University titled, “Promoting Positive Youth Development Among Underserved Audiences: Practice, Partnership and Policy Perspectives.” The article is scheduled to appear in the November edition of the 4-H Youth Development Special Issue of the “Reclaiming Youth and Children” International Journal.
Hughes said that as interim FVSU 4-H statewide program leader, it is an honor to serve on national committees and have articles that are peer reviewed by educators. He also said these events shine a positive light on FVSU and its Cooperative Extension 4-H Program. “Not only will our colleagues in the U.S Cooperative Extension System be aware of our work here at Fort Valley State University, but it gives us a global stage to recruit future Wildcats to this institution. It shows that we’re doing great things and doing good work that is reputable, transparent and that all accountability pieces are in place,” Hughes said.
Hughes earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Chicago State University (CSU) in 1995 and a master’s in criminal justice from CSU in 1997. Prior to his arrival at FVSU in 2003, Hughes worked at Men’s State Prison in Hardwick, Ga. (1999), Baldwin County Department of Family and Children Services in Milledgeville (2000-01), and the Phoenix Center of Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health in Warner Robins (2001-03).
Hughes and his wife Tonya are the parents of two children, Eliysha age 12 and Elijah age six.