Cooperative Extension Selects Assistant Director for 4-H Youth Development

Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Director Milan Rewerts announced that Douglas L. Steele has been selected as Assistant Director of 4-H Youth Development for Colorado State Cooperative Extension.

"We genuinely are pleased Doug will join the Extension team in Colorado," Rewerts said. "His 16 years of Extension youth- development experience will be a tremendous asset to Colorado 4-H as we continue to look for innovative ways to provide educational programs and experiences to the youth of our state."

Steele, currently an Extension 4-H youth development specialist at Purdue University, received a bachelor’s degree in animal science/agri-business from Panhandle State University, master’s in agriculture with an emphasis in agronomy and horticulture from West Texas State University, and doctorate in educational human resource development with an emphasis in Extension education from Texas A&M University.

Prior to his current position, Dr. Steele served as Extension 4-H youth development specialist, Extension associate in community and economic development, and county Extension agent in Hutchison and Potter counties in Texas, all with Texas A&M University. Steele also has experience in grant writing, distance education, leadership development, and fiscal and volunteer management.

Throughout his Extension career, Steele has received the Superior Service Award for the Safe Food for the Hungry program from Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service; Group Award for Excellence for Food Assistance Programs from the USDA; Team Award for Educational Materials from the Purdue University Extension Specialist Association; and the State Turfgrass Communications Award and Outstanding New Agent Recognition Award from the Texas County Agricultural Agents Association.

"I am pleased to be a part of 4-H in Colorado and look forward to building on the foundation already established for youth in the state," said Steele, who will join the Colorado State Cooperative Extension staff Aug. 1. "I will enthusiastically join the staff and volunteers to continue the traditions and high standards of the 4-H program while striving to meet the emerging needs of today’s young people," he added.

"The more than 85,000 youths who participate in the 4-H Youth Development Program annually will benefit from Doug’s leadership as he develops strategies to further extend the many excellent resources of Colorado State University," Rewerts said. "Broad dissemination of university resources is the cornerstone of the land-grant university mission, and we are fortunate to have a professional of Doug’s caliber leading that effort on behalf of the university and Colorado’s young people."