New senior field manager hired at Iowa State University Extension

Iowa State University Extension
Ben Pullen

AMES, Iowa – Ben Pullen has accepted the position of senior field manager with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Iowa 4-H Youth Development. He began the position June 23.

As senior field manager, Pullen will provide effective leadership for developing and implementing the vision for Iowa 4-H, identify innovative ways to reach underserved and under-represented audiences and enhance internal and external partnerships.

“Ben brings a wealth of experience and passion to this role,” said Debbie Nistler, state 4-H program leader. “I am very excited to see our field staff grow and thrive under his leadership.”

The past five years, Pullen has worked as a youth program specialist and field supervisor for Iowa 4-H. Prior to that he was a school counselor and special education teacher at Storm Lake Community School District.

A few of his notable highlights in Iowa 4-H include helping develop the AgOvation, GRiT, Connect, and distance learning programs, and participating in Iowa 4-H Champion Groups. Pullen also served as national co-chair of the National Association of Extension 4-H Youth Development Professionals Ag-Literacy Working Group, co-chair of Expanding Educational Opportunities for Youth COVID Recovery I-Team, and as a member of the ISU Extension and Outreach Internal Communications Task Force.

Pullen received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and master’s degree in professional school counseling from Buena Vista University.

“I am humbled for the opportunity to play a leadership role in this organization that had such a tremendous role in my own development,” said Pullen. “Iowa 4-H Youth Development has an amazing opportunity right now to help define what positive youth development looks like in a post-pandemic world. I am very excited to be able to play a part in guiding programs that will help empower the next generation of youth to reach their full potential.”

For more information on the Iowa 4-H Youth Development program, please contact your ISU Extension and Outreach county office or visit the Iowa 4-H website at