Robert T. Burns, Ph.D., P.E. Dean & Professor
Following a national search for the UT Extension 4-H Youth Development Director and Statewide Program Leader, I am pleased to announce that Mr. Justin Crowe has accepted the position effective June 1, 2020. The search committee identified and interviewed four well-qualified candidates. Each had unique strengths that were identified by the search commit- tee. In addition, input collected through staff surveys and from stakeholders was also considered. This led to the decision that Mr. Justin Crowe has the experience and understanding required to lead our 4-H Youth Development programs during these uncertain times.
Mr. Justin Crowe began his 4-H career as a nine-year member of the McNairy County 4-H program. During his time as a participant in the 4-H program, Mr. Crowe participated in a variety of projects, judging team competitions, and held leadership roles on the county, regional, and state level. After completing his bachelor’s degree, Justin went to work for UT Extension, serving as a 4-H agent in Metro Nashville/Davidson County where he spent almost five years engaging urban youth in hands-on learning experiences. Since 2008, Justin Crowe has served as an Extension Specialist in the statewide 4-H Youth Development department. His role includes statewide responsibility for
4-H programs, giving leadership to 4-H teen programs, healthy living, citizenship and service learning initiatives. Additionally, he coordinates the the 4-H All Star program, State 4-H Council and serves as advisor for the UT Knoxville Collegiate 4-H/FFA Club. Over the course of his career, he has received over $5.2 million dollars in funding to support the Tennessee 4-H program. Justin is recognized nationally as a leader in 4-H citizenship and service learning, and has received various awards from NAE4-HA, including the Meritorious Service award.
I am confident that Justin’s deep understanding and appreciation of Tennessee 4-H as well as his unfailing commitment to “making the best better” will enable him to provide the leadership needed keep our Tennessee 4-H Program strong into the future.
I also want to share with you my great appreciation for the outstanding job Dr. Dwight Loveday has done as the interim 4-H Director and Statewide Program Leader. I am very grateful for Dr. Loveday’s leadership and of the accomplishments, and the progress the 4-H program has made under his direction.