“Country Kid from Ringgold” Selected as Trustee to National 4-H Council

LSU sophomore and Collegiate 4-H Vice President Tay Moore has been selected as a new trustee to the Board of the National 4-H Council.

Moore, a former Louisiana 4-H state president, has been involved with the organization for a decade. He is currently studying political science and music and is a member of the LSU Ogden Honors College’s Louisiana Service and Leadership (LASAL) program. He says being named to the board of trustees is still a bit of a shock.

“It’s amazing how a country kid from the small town of Ringgold in northwest Louisiana finds himself on the governing board of America’s largest youth development organization at 20 years old,” Moore said.

Through 4-H, Moore has involved himself in leadership development and civic engagement, having served on the Louisiana 4-H Executive Board for four years. He also served as state president for the organization in 2019 to 2020 and has presented to the U.S. Department of Agriculture on developing the next generation of agricultural leaders.

“4-H specialized in empowering America’s youth with a seat at the table,” he said. “My experiences in Bienville Parish 4-H, Louisiana 4-H and National 4-H programs have provided me with countless life changing opportunities to grow as a leader, better serve my community and most of all, advocate for young people to have access to the 4-H programs delivered by our nation’s public universities and cooperative extension system.”

Meggan Franks, 4-H volunteer and leadership development specialist, says Moore’s achievements are a credit to his drive and to the organization.

“Tay is a blessing for our organization and 4-H across the nation,” she said. “He has been a tremendous asset to Louisiana 4-H as a member and now as the LSU Collegiate 4-H vice president.”

Franks went on to say that Moore believes in using the power of youth to improve communities through civic engagement and will be a strong ambassador for youth leadership on a national scale.

Jonathan Earle, dean of the LSU Ogden Honors College, echoes Franks’ sentiments and says Moore is a credit to the LASAL program and to the university at large.

“Tay Moore is already showing the fruits of an LSU honors education in the classroom, as a member of the Louisiana Service and Leadership scholars, and now in his election to the board of the National 4-H Council. I couldn’t be prouder!”

To his credit, Moore remains humble and grounded about his many achievements at such a young age and says he could not have done it alone.

“I am honored to be able to represent nearly 6 million young people as a member of the board of trustees and look forward to learning from this diverse group of recognized CEOs, business executives, university presidents, celebrities, extension professionals and government leaders,” he said. “Thanks to everyone who has molded me into who I am today and who I hope to be tomorrow.”


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