On October 1st, Dr. Kirk Bloir stepped into the role of Interim State Leader, 4-H Youth Development for OSU Extension in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Kirk received his bachelor’s degree in adolescent development, master’s degree in human development and family science, and doctoral degree in extension education from The Ohio State University.
Kirk began his career with Ohio State in 1996 as an extension agent in Madison County and has since served in several other roles within Extension, including program director in the Department of Human Development and Family Science as well as in Family and Consumer Sciences Administration. He has served the last four years as the Associate State 4-H Leader, providing leadership in the areas of risk and program management, coaching professionals through volunteer and member behavior management issues, crisis communications, conflict resolution, and corrective action.
In this temporary position, Kirk will provide organizational, cross-disciplinary, and creative leadership for Ohio 4-H Youth Development programming. This full-time role includes providing financial and operational oversight of the state 4-H office and Ohio 4-H Foundation, addressing budgetary and human resource administration, operations, program development, evaluation and implementation, internal and external partnerships, 4-H policies and procedures, and professional development of 4-H program professionals.