2020 ESS – ARD & SAES Meeting and Workshop

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Woodie Hughes Jr.

Assistant Extension Administrator State 4-H Program Leader
ECOP 4-H Leadership Committee 1890 Region State 4-H Program Leaders Representative
Fort Valley State University

Woodie is an altruistic, professional human services educator that is committed to helping people to help themselves. He presently serves as the Fort Valley State University State Cooperative Extension Assistant Extension Administrator State 4-H Program Leader. He also serves as the ECOP 4-H Leadership 1890 State 4-H Program Leaders Representative, and was the first African-American to be appointed to the ECOP 4-H Committee. Woodie serves as the Co-Chair of the National 4-H African American Access Equity and Belonging Committee, and has over seventeen (17) years of professional working experience as a 4-H positive youth development educator leader, professional working experience in mental health, substance abuse, case management, criminal investigations, mentor program leadership development, and as a mentor trainer. Woodie is a certified Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Highly Effective Families, and Habits of Highly Effective Teens Instructor. Woodie is an Epsilon Sigma Phi extension member, a certified National Fatherhood Instructor, and a Coming Together for Racial Harmony and Understanding Instructor. Woodie has 10 years of professional working experiences as a faculty criminal justice instructor, and he served 8 years with the Illinois Army National Guard and received an U.S. Army Honorable Discharge. Woodie is happily married to his wife Tonya, and they are looking forward to celebrating their 20th Wedding Anniversary in January with their adult daughter Eliysha, and son Elijah who is in the 7th grade. Woodie is a LEAD21 land-grant leadership program graduate, and is presently in cohort 15 of the Food Systems Leadership Institute.