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Longtime 4-H Friend and Author Wins Again

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Jim Clark

James W. Clark Jr., a longtime friend of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and supporter of the state’s 4-H program, was recently named winner of the North Carolina Humanities Council’s prestigious John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities.

Clark is a professor emeritus in NC State’s Department of English. While growing up in Warren County, he participated in 4-H. He has since ceaselessly supported the program, with his contributions being recognized at the highest level in 2017, when he was inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame.

[pullquote align=”right” color=”red”]Dr. Clark works tirelessly … to capture and preserve the history of 4-H youth developing in North Carolina.[/pullquote]

In a public ceremony and reception in October, Clark will receive the Caldwell Award, the top honor bestowed by the humanities council, a statewide nonprofit affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The award honors distinguished individuals who have strengthened the educational, cultural and civil life of North Carolina. Clark was selected for the honor because of his impact and achievements as a professor, state literary historian and public humanities scholar.

As Mike Yoder, state 4-H program leader and associate director of NC State Extension, noted, Clark wrote “Clover All Over: North Carolina’s First 4-H Century,” a book that “very eloquently chronicles the North Carolina 4-H Program from 1909 to 2009.

“Today, Dr. Clark works tirelessly to assure the North Carolina 4-H History and Learning Committee continues to capture and preserve the history of 4-H youth development in North Carolina.”

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