Skurupey Named Deputy Director of NDSU Extension for 4-H Youth Development – Extension and Ag Research News


Leigh Ann Skurupey has accepted the position of Associate Director of North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension for the North Dakota 4-H Youth Development Center and started on July 16.

“I am thrilled to be part of the leadership of NDSU Extension as we work together to embody integrity, innovation and foster a positive impact on the lives of young people,” says Skurupey. “I look forward to equipping these future leaders with essential life skills to thrive in leading and changing the world.

Skurupey brings more than 10 years of experience in the field of youth development and animal science to this role. During her tenure as Acting President of North Dakota 4-H Youth Development Center, she instituted numerous processes and policies pertaining to COVID-19 guidance, created a committee to review and evaluate current policy ND 4-H, established direction and guidance for 4 -H councils and clubs for proper IRS tax filing, help secure funds and advance construction of the new pond at ND 4-H camp and partnered to the NDSU Admissions Office for the development of the Next Chapter program for 4-H youth. Additionally, Skurupey continued to serve as a 4-H Youth Development Specialist.

“Leigh Ann’s experience, problem-solving skills, understanding of the role, and commitment to 4-H youth development will serve our organization well,” said Lynette Flage, Associate Director of NDSU Extension.

Before Skurupey started at NDSU Extension, she was involved in youth development and animal science programming at the University of Florida and Colorado State University.

Skurupey received her Ph.D. and Masters in Animal Science from the University of Florida and a BS in Equine and Animal Science from Colorado State University.

NDSU Agricultural Communication – July 21, 2022

Source: Lynette Flage, 701-231-7782,

Editor: Monica Stensland, 701-231-2721,


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