Melanie Biersmith selected as Georgia’s ninth 4-H leader |

EATONTON — Georgia 4-H has selected Melanie Biersmith as the new head of State 4-H. As of November 1, Biersmith serves as the ninth state leader in the organization’s 118-year history.

The state 4-H leader provides strategic vision in response to the changing needs of Georgia’s youth and works to support diversity and inclusivity in youth programming.

Georgia 4-H operates as part of the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and reaches more than 240,000 youth in a typical program year.

Biersmith most recently served as 4-H Assistant State Director of Facilities and Residential Programs for Georgia 4-H, where she oversaw operations and staff at all six Georgia 4-H centers, as well as coordinating the Georgia 4-H environmental education program and summer camp program .

Her career at UGA Extension began in 2003 as an environmental education coordinator on Jekyll Island. She then served as Director of Georgia 4-H at Camp Jekyll until 2018 and later as Extension 4-H Science and Environmental Education Specialist.

Biersmith holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Georgia College and State University and a master’s degree in science education from the University of Georgia. She lives in Morgan County with her family.

“It’s inspiring to see the potential in every young person,” said Biersmith. “I appreciate the opportunity to watch their development and see how positive youth development experiences guide them on their journey to adulthood.”

In her role as state 4-H leader, Biersmith will also oversee the recruitment and development of 4-H faculty and staff, advocate for extracurricular funding to support faculty scholarships, and advocate for the success of Georgia’s 4-H facilities deploy.

Your leadership will impact in-school, out-of-school and non-traditional delivery models supported by approximately 120 district counselors, 225 educators, program assistants and AmeriCorps members, and thousands of volunteers.

The state 4-H leader leads Georgia 4-H to the vision and mission of helping students succeed.

“Melanie will ensure the continued success and stability of Georgia 4-H while providing a transformative vision for Georgia 4-H’s future,” said Laura Perry Johnson, associate dean for expansion at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Josie Smith is the public Relations Coordinator for Georgia 4-H.

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