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4-H alum nominated as Board of Regents student representative

Greta Johnson

When asked how her 4-H experiences played into her recent nomination to the Board of Regents, Greta Johnson did not hesitate for a moment. “I can seriously attribute much of my success to starting out in 4-H,” said Johnson, who recently was chosen to serve as the only student representative on the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.

A junior at Iowa State University in political science, Johnson was active in a variety of 4-H project areas and credits projects such as educational presentations and working exhibits for her communication skills.

Her 4-H projects also gave her a broad understanding of many things that seem to be common sense now.

“I had to talk to an adult judge when I was only 10 years old, and because of that I take a lot of things I know for granted,” she said. In addition, being involved at the state level as a 2005-2006 State 4-H Council member allowed her to meet a variety of people beyond her high school, giving her a solid base of connections and familiarity with ISU.

“My 4-H experience led me to want to be involved at ISU,” she said. “From being out here for a variety of events, I feel like I had a broad knowledge of the university and an upper hand.” In turn, her nomination to the board was possible because of her involvement as an ISU student and connections from those activities.

Johnson also served as a 2005-2007 Iowa 4-H Foundation board member, which allowed her to grasp a taste of what it’s like to serve on a statewide board as a young person. She will serve on the Board of Regents for one year.

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa consists of representatives from all three major universities in Iowa, including Iowa State, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa. The Board also includes members from the Iowa School for the Deaf and the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School.

This article appeared in November 2008 -- From Jack Payne Newsletter