Meagan Scott joins center for 4-H youth development

Farm Forum

Meagan Scott has joined the North Dakota State University Extension Service as a 4-H youth development specialist and assistant professor in the Center for 4-H Youth Development.

She is the lead specialist for the center’s 4-H educational programming efforts. This leadership will help ensure that the programs the center provides are modern, vibrant and relevant. She also will be involved in 4-H-related staff and professional development.

As assistant professor, Scott serves as the link between the center and colleagues in the Human Development and Family Science Department. She will conduct and report on applied research in the field of youth development to create environments that help youth reach their full potential. She also will be responsible for understanding how changes and trends in our society influence youth.

Most recently, she was an Agricultural Education doctoral student and graduate teaching associate at Oklahoma State University, and earned a doctorate in Agricultural Education there in the spring of 2016.

She also holds a master’s degree in Agricultural and Extension Education and a bachelor of science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Mississippi State University. She has a minor in Consumer Economics and a Gerontology certificate, and completed a summer study program at the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague.

Scott has more than eight years of experience as an Extension 4-H youth agent in Pearl River County, Miss. While there, she developed and led a comprehensive 4-H youth development program with a priority on youth leadership development.

The program provided opportunities in areas including livestock, shooting sports, judging activities, science, engineering and technology. She also conducted several science day camps that included field trips to the NASA Stennis Space Center in southern Mississippi.

“Her experience at two land-grant universities, experience in conducting research in an interdisciplinary way, and demonstrated successful experience in county-based 4-H youth development make her a good fit for this position,” says Brad Cogdill, Center for 4-H Youth Development chair.

She started at NDSU on July 1.