COLUMBIA, Mo. – Following a national search, Ina Linville has been named program director for the University of Missouri Extension 4-H Center for Youth Development, announced Michael Ouart, University of Missouri vice provost and director of extension. Linville’s appointment is effective April 1. She has served as interim program director since December 2005.
“Dr. Linville knows and loves Missouri and she has a passion for connecting the state’s youth with MU’s research-based resources to prepare young people for the challenges of the future,” Ouart said. “I am pleased that she has agreed to take on this significant leadership position.”
MU Extension 4-H reaches one of every 10 Missouri youth with educational programs that develop leadership, encourage good citizenship, and teach vocational and life skills. 4-H programs prepare young people to be active and contributing members of the workforce and their communities. Research has shown that students who participate in activities such as 4-H are more likely to go to college and enjoy increased financial success.
Linville has 30 years of experience serving in various roles with MU’s 4-H program, including assistant director, and regional and state specialist. She has served on editorial boards for the National School-Age Care Alliance’s journal and CYFERNet, the national land-grant universities’ Children, Youth and Families Education and Research Network. From 1996 to 1998 she was a curriculum specialist for the USDA/Army School-Age and Teen Project. She also has helped garner and supervise more than $6 million in grants and contracts to support youth programs, including those for after-school, military, summer and public service activities.
Linville earned a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from MU in 2001. She also has a bachelor’s degree in animal husbandry and a master’s degree in animal science from MU.
“I am honored and humbled to be tapped to serve as the next program director for MU Extension 4-H and the 4-H Center for Youth Development,” Linville said. “I look forward to continued learning and growing with the dedicated faculty, committed volunteers and spirited members as we launch new initiatives in 4-H science, engineering and technology. Our goal is to help our youth and communities thrive.”