AMES, Iowa – Mitchell Hoyer has accepted the position of assistant director for Iowa 4-H Youth Development with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Hoyer begins the position Jan. 18.
Hoyer will assist with leadership and supervision of the 4-H state management team, lead efforts to align 4-H Youth Development messaging across the system and enhance existing communication initiatives.
Hoyer has 33 years of experience serving in multiple positions as an ISU Extension and Outreach employee. He started his extension career as a county agriculturist in Winnebago County, later transitioned to a county extension education director in Humboldt County, and has been a state 4-H program specialist working with 4-H risk management and program policy since 2001. He also serves as the Iowa State Fair Bruce L. Rastetter 4-H Exhibits Building and communication events superintendent.
In addition, Hoyer has served as a regional director on the Board of Trustees for the National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals and is a member of the NAE4-HYDP Hall of Fame and Organizational Stewardship committees. Most recently, Hoyer served as interim strategies and systems manager for Iowa 4-H, helping initiate a program-of-work process and coordinating evaluation and reporting efforts.
“Mitch brings a lifetime of experience and passion to our team,” said Debbie Nistler, state 4-H program leader. “His patient, positive leadership will be such an asset to our program, and we are so excited to have him in this role.”
Hoyer received bachelor’s degrees in animal science and agriculture education from Iowa State University.
“Iowa 4-H has a rich history of providing extraordinary learning experiences for youth,” said Hoyer. “My 4-H experience helped me develop skills I continue to use daily in my work. Today, our program continues to provide innovative opportunities that help youth learn and discover their own future. I’m excited to serve the Iowa 4-H Youth Development program in a new capacity, and lead efforts to coordinate program planning and share the 4-H story.”
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