Hoyer hired as assistant director of Iowa’s 4-H youth development program


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 role on January 18.

Hoyer will help lead and oversee the State 4-H management team, lead efforts to align 4-H youth development messages across the system, and enhance existing communications initiatives .

Hoyer has 33 years of experience in multiple positions as an ISU Outreach and Outreach employee. He began his extension career as a county farmer in Winnebago County, then became county extension education director in Humboldt County, and was a 4-H program specialist in State working with 4-H risk management and program policy since 2001. He has also served as the Iowa State Fair Bruce L. Rastetter 4-H Building and Communications Superintendent.

In addition, Hoyer served as Regional Director on the National Association of Youth Development Professionals Extension 4-H Board of Directors and is a member of the NAE4-HYDP Hall of Fame and Organizational Stewardship Committees. Most recently, Hoyer served as interim strategy and systems manager for Iowa 4-H, helping initiate a work program process and coordinating assessment and reporting efforts.

“Mitch brings a lifetime of experience and passion to our team,” said Debbie Nistler, state 4-H program manager. “His patient and positive leadership will be such an asset to our program, and we are thrilled to have him in this role.”

Hoyer earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science and agricultural education from Iowa State University.

“Iowa 4-H has a rich history of amazing learning experiences for young people,” Hoyer said. “My 4-H experience has helped me develop skills that I continue to use every day in my job. Today, our program continues to provide innovative opportunities that help young people learn and discover their own future. I am 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.

For more information about the Iowa 4-H Youth Development Program, please contact your county ISU Extension and Outreach office or visit the Iowa 4-H website at www.extension.iastate.edu/4h.

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