On July 1st, Dr. Richard Clark stepped down as UT Extension Assistant Dean and Agriculture Leadership, Education and Communications (ALEC) Department Head to pursue a new adventure by serving in a leadership position within the 4-H ‘Next Chapter’ Program, which aims to inspire and encourage members to continue their education beyond high school, promote higher education options and develop readiness skills amongst youth.

Though we are sad this chapter is coming to a close, we are thrilled to welcome Dr. Dwight Loveday. Loveday will serve as the Interim 4-H Assistant Dean and ALEC Department Head.

The Blount County native participated in the Beef, Swine and Citizenship projects during his time as a 4-Her and has continued to support the program through his work with the Tennessee 4-H Livestock Skillathon. This achievement is one of the things he is most proud of.

Loveday is excited to hit the ground running and work with 4-H Extension Staff to prepare for the future.

“I’m most looking forward to strengthening and deepening working relationships with the UT Extension family,” says Loveday. “We are a team working to make the Tennessee 4-H program as strong as possible. We are striving to provide those educational opportunities and life-skill experiences that will make a difference in that young person.”

We are so excited to see Dr. Loveday’s passion in action and to welcome him.