AUBURN, Alabama—Dr. Molly Gregg has been named Alabama Extension’s new assistant director for 4-H programs. Gregg, who brings more than 15 years of experience with Alabama 4-H, assumed the leadership of the state’s largest youth organization on August 1.
Dr. Gary Lemme, Alabama Extension director, said Gregg steps into the 4-H leadership role at a critical time for the organization.
“The Alabama 4-H Centennial Youth Initiative is an on-going effort to expand 4-H’s presence in every county,” said Lemme. “Dr. Gregg has the vision, skills and spirit needed to advance the Centennial Youth Initiative and to ensure it meets its goals.”
“Molly will guide the state 4-H team, our county teams and the Alabama 4-H Camping and Conference Center as they engage youth in programs tailored to their needs and interests. She will provide vital leadership for Alabama 4-H as it works with the Alabama 4-H Club Foundation and external partners to accomplish the Initiative’s goals.”
Gregg served as a state 4-H program specialist. For the last seven years, she worked as the state 4-H program coordinator. She earned her bachelor’s degree in government from Wheaton College and holds a master’s degree in education from Harvard University. Gregg’s doctorate is in higher education administration from Auburn University.
She said she is excited to continue building upon Alabama 4-H’s rich tradition of preparing youth to be college and career ready.
“Alabama 4-H is a place for all young people to have fun and find a place to belong and learn,” said Gregg. “The talents and abilities of our staff, volunteers and youth and their families will drive the positive 4-H message across the state. I look forward to being a part of that journey.”
As assistant director, she will lead all Alabama Extension’s 4-H program efforts. She said that Alabama 4-H has several ambitious goals set.
“The Centennial Youth Initiative is opening a new era in Alabama 4-H. We want to expand Alabama 4-H to increase participation to one in four age-eligible young people and double the number of 4-H youth participating in goal setting and achievement-based programs.”
Additionally, Gregg said Alabama 4-H wants to boost 4-H volunteers and find new avenues of funding to support the program.
Alabama Extension is the primary outreach organization of Alabama A&M and Auburn universities’ land-grant mission providing real-life solutions and helping improve the lives of all Alabamians.