Long time Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development Director Greg Hutchins has been inducted into the 4-H National Hall of Fame. Hutchins joined the UW-Madison Division of Extension in 1994 as a State 4-H Youth Development Director and Assistant Dean before retiring in 2015. Before coming to Wisconsin, Hutchins worked in 4-H programs in Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota and Alabama.
“Joining the National 4-H Hall of Fame adds a summit experience to my career. Throughout my decades of service with 4-H, I’ve seen many examples of excellence among the professionals and volunteers that work with 4-H youth across the United States,” says Hutchins. “To have my work considered worthy of the National Hall of Fame comes as a very special honor for me.”
In 2019, Hutchins was one of five people inducted into the Wisconsin 4-H Hall of Fame. The bio for that recognition noted the following:
‘Greg believed in the civic value of the 4-H community club. He saw it as a laboratory where youth participated in democratic practices and self-governance, while also serving their community and growing through new relationships and new experiences. He believed 4-H was a program where any young person could have success and be a contributor, and he believed in the importance of volunteer leadership.
Greg worked to expand the outreach of 4-H to new audiences, and he encouraged staff to be creative and inclusive with their programs. He was proud of the experiential nature of the 4-H program, and the “learn-by-doing” design of 4-H education. During Greg’s tenure as the 4-H Program Director, the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents honored the 4-H Youth Development program with their Regents Teaching Excellence Award, making 4-H the first Extension program to earn that UW system award.’
“The core values of 4-H continue to be relevant today,” says Hutchins. “Being productive, building community, making contributions – using our Head, Heart, Hands, and Health to improve our world.”
“Greg is a visionary leader who contributed greatly in positioning WI 4-H in expanding youth adult partnerships, building capacity with volunteers and efforts to expand access to audiences who had not been served,” says Kandi O’Neil, Wisconsin 4-H New Colleague Onboarding Director/Volunteer Leadership Specialist. “I appreciate the leadership he provided for multiple WI research projects capturing the impact of 4-H on youth and adult volunteers.”
National 4-H Hall of Fame honorees will be celebrated later this year.