Patricia Collier of Jonesville, Va., former Virginia Cooperative Extension senior 4-H youth development agent from Scott County, has been conferred the “senior extension agent emerita” title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians, and exceptional staff members who are specially recommended to the board of visitors by Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board of visitors receive an emeritus certificate from the university.

A member of the Virginia Cooperative Extension since 1980, Collier served in the core program areas of family and consumer sciences and 4-H youth development in Scott County. She managed a 4-H youth program involving more than 2,000 4-H members and 120 volunteers.

For eight years, Collier provided administrative leadership as unit director/coordinator in Scott County. Her duties included fiscal administration, leadership in local government relations, mentorship of new agents, management of a broad and diverse youth development program, and coordination of the volunteer development program.

She served in a variety of important leadership roles, including treasurer of the Virginia Extension Service Association, secretary of the Association of Extension Family and Consumer Science Agents, chair of the 4-H Communications and Expressive Arts Curriculum Committee, and director on the Board of the Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center.

Collier initiated successful 4-H programs, including Lego Robotics, the Junior Master Gardener program, and District 4-H Dog Camp.

She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Union College in Barbourville, Ky.



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