DALLAS — Greg Myles has accepted the position of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist, 4–H and youth development — urban initiatives, in Dallas.
Myles, who begins his new appointment May 1, will work from the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, located at 17360 Coit Road.
For the past five years, Myles has been the AgriLife Extension county agent for 4–H and youth development in Bexar County, which has the largest countywide 4-H club enrollment in the state.
In his new position, Myles will work to build partnerships with youth-serving organizations to build the Texas 4-H program and engage new audiences in urban Texas, said Dr. Chris Boleman, College Station, statewide program director for Texas 4-H, which is administered through AgriLife Extension.
“Greg will also will spearhead program engagement between the Texas Grow Eat Go Program and Texas 4-H as well as other programs to engage youth in fun and educational activities and to promote community service and good citizenship,” Boleman said.
Myles has a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Park University and a master’s degree from Webster University, both in Missouri. He also has an associate’s degree in meteorology from the Community College of the Air Force.
Before coming to AgriLife Extension, he was consulting director for the Missouri Higher Education Loan Authority. His past experience also includes serving as senior associate director — early awareness and outreach — for the Missouri Department of Higher Education, program director for St. Louis Community College and meteorological technician for the U.S. Air Force.
His 4-H responsibilities in Bexar County included implementing school-based educational curricula, and developing a variety of special interest and club-based programs and activities. Some of these include the 4-H2O for the Alamo water-awareness program, San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo, Water Wise, county and district 4-H contests, Alamo Quiz Bowl, Kids, Kows and More, and 4-H volunteer and leader trainings.
“My goal has always been that 4-H is recognized for the quality and diversity of its programs,” Myles said. “As more counties in Texas shift from being as predominantly rural, as they have been in the past, to more of a composite of rural, urban, semi-rural, suburban, even military, communities, we have tried to offer a variety of programs and activities that meet the needs of this changing demographic.”
Myles said his 4-H programming in Dallas will include pre-existing 4-H programming relating to science and technology, natural resource conservation, character development, special interests and more.
“The urban initiative will help further demonstrate how 4-H and AgriLife Extension are relevant in every part of every county in Texas,” he said.