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SDSU Extension welcomes Dr. Timothy Tanner as 4-H Youth Development Program Director

October 15, 2019

BROOKINGS, S.D. - Timothy Tanner recently began his position with SDSU Extension serving as the State 4-H Youth Development Program Director.

Tanner says he hopes to strengthen the program quality to continue to attract youth, while continuing to produce meaningful outcomes for local South Dakota communities now and in the future.

“Today’s busy youth have access to numerous activities and distractions, they crave meaningful connection and want to belong to something important. They are laser -focused on building themselves toward a better future. I am lucky that as the leader of South Dakota 4-H, I get to offer these youth an opportunity for the connection, service and personal development that they desire.”

— Timothy Tanner, SDSU Extension State 4-H Youth Development Program Director

Prior to being hired by SDSU Extension, Tanner worked for the Ohio State University Extension for 11 years. He served as the Harrison County Director and 4-H Educator for ten years and transitioned into the roles of Area Leader and Associate State 4-H Leader.

Prior to his position with the Ohio State University Extension, Tanner held various roles in youth summer camps, was the Director of Education Ministries for a local church and was the part-time District Director of Youth and Young Adults for a regional non-profit organization.

Tanner received an associate degree in general studies from Hesston College in Kansas and a bachelors’ degree in youth ministry and recreation management from Bluffton University in Ohio. Tanner also has a master’s in adult education from Penn State University and a Ph.D. in educational sciences from the University of Kentucky.

Contact Tanner by email or 605.688.4792.