West Virginia University Extension Service has named a longtime employee and 4-H’er as the new development director. Brent Clark of Morgantown begins his appointment on Dec. 1.
Clark is currently the 4-H Agent in Harrison County and helped the WVU Foundation create two 4-H endowments during his career. In 2009, he was awarded WVU Extension’s Outstanding Resource Development Award for those efforts.
“Brent Clark is really a product of our programs and understands the work that we do in communities across the state,” said WVU Extension Service Interim Director Steve Bonanno. “His involvement in 4-H, his work establishing funding in communities to help programs thrive, and his dedication to Jackson’s Mill all contributed to the search committee’s decision to name him as director.”
Clark says his previous role as an assistant with the WVU Foundation’s donor relations and annual fund will help him hit the ground running.
“It’s my job to help ensure that the programs WVU Extension Service offers in communities, everything from diabetes education to community development, are able to continue with the help of funds from our development office,” Clark said. “It’s an honor for me to go out and spread the message for an organization that has really helped shape me into the person I am today.”
Prior to his roles as Harrison County Agent, Clark also spent time as a 4-H program assistant in Mercer County and a 4-H program coordinator in Fayette County.
Clark is pursuing a doctorate in education from WVU. He received his bachelor’s degree in sports medicine from Bluefield College. He then earned his master’s degree in strategic leadership from Mountain State University.