Dr. B. Alan Snider to be Inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame

Dr. B. Alan Snider of State College, Pennsylvania will be inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame on October 9 for his lifetime achievements and contributions to 4-H.

National 4-H Hall of Fame

National 4-H Hall of Fame

Honored by the Pennsylvania 4-H Youth Development Program, Dr. Snider will be one of 16 people inducted during the ceremony at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

The National 4-H Hall of Fame honorees are nominated by their home states, National 4-H Council, the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents or 4-H National Headquarters based upon their exceptional leadership at the local, state, national and international levels.

Honorees will be presented with a National 4-H Hall of Fame medallion, plaque and memory book during the ceremony. The National 4-H Hall of Fame was established in 2002 as part of the Centennial Project of the NAE4-HA in partnership with National 4-H Council and National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.

Shown left to right are:

Lisa Lauxman, 4-H Headquarters

Kimberley Gressley, NAE4-HA President
Alan Snider,  4-H Hall of Fame recipient
Jennifer Sirangelo, National 4-H Council

“We are proud to acknowledge the outstanding 2015 National 4-H Hall of Fame honorees for the passion, dedication, vision and leadership they’ve shown toward our young people during their many years of service to 4-H,” says Jeannette Rea Keywood, National 4-H Hall of Fame Chair.

Dr. Alan Snider, former State 4-H Leader contributed 32 years of his professional life to 4-H. He began his 4-H career as an Ohio member. Following college, he worked as a vo-ag teacher and then as a 4-H Youth Development Agent/area agent in Michigan for seven years. He then was invited to Michigan State University as a program assistant on the state staff. After completing his Ph.D., he became a 4-H specialist at Oregon State University. One of his roles was to serve as chair of the State 4-H Show, a leadership experience for 500 youth. In 1985, he came to Penn State as Professor of Agriculture Education and State 4-H Program Leader.

At Penn State, he worked with 4-H staff in 67 counties and a membership of 60,000 youth. He was able to expand the program by adding three new faculty for youth leadership in family living, horticulture, and dairy. A co-worker from that time remembers Alan leading his staff thru a very turbulent and fragmented time when the department was given several different homes. A co-worker remembers that Alan had a good reputation at a national level from his state 4-H work, and he was encouraging, great to work with, and everyone liked him. He also strengthened regional and county connections with state staff having more of an outreach effort.

In addition to the administrative duties of a state leader, Al chose to get involved in an educational program area. A major educational component he worked with was youth tobacco and cancer prevention education.  He partnered with the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia and secured a major grant from the PA Dept. of Health to develop community coalitions. This partnership from 1993 to 1997 worked with extension and community leaders in 19 counties to provide tobacco prevention programs. His efforts in rural health allowed him to be named “State Rural Health Leader of the Year” in 1998. He was also a presenter on this topic at a national institute in Georgia in 1999. Vestiges of this program continue today in the state.

Alan retired as state leader in 1997. He has continued to work with youth programs and tobacco prevention since then. He has worked with the American Cancer Society for over ten years to lobby for funding for tobacco prevention and an increase in tobacco tax to make more funds for education. He also continues to work with the North Central Tobacco Control Coalition in lobbying and educational efforts over a 12 county area. He has served as joint chair for several years. Thousands of youth and adults have been reached through his coalition educational efforts. One of his efforts was to encourage a smoke free Beaver Stadium, the home of Penn State football games. Within one year of implementation in 2009, the effort was a success – during each game 105,000 fans can experience a smoke free game. He is president of the Association of Tobacco Control Professionals of PA.

He is involved with the Junior Golf program, a program designed to get families involved in an activity together. Each year 50 to 60 youth are able to have lessons and learn to play golf with their parents and pros. Youth learn a skill appropriate to their level, have physical activity, and develop family bonds.

Dr. Snider published author with the “The Land Grant University System and 4-H: A Mutually Beneficial Relationship of Scholars and Practitioners in Youth Development”, along with Jeffrey Miller in the book “Early Adolescence, Perspective on Research, Policy, and Intervention.” His reference paper “Key Volunteers Strengthen the 4-H Program” was used as a lesson in the national TAXI curriculum. An article called “4-H, Yes! Philip Morris, No!” appeared in “Youth Today”. He also has several research reports in print.