Charles Lifer

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The Ohio 4-H program would not be the excellent program it is without Dr. Charles Lifer's extraordinary contributions, visionary leadership, wisdom, hard work, and personal commitment. A native of Knox County, he began his service to The Ohio State University Extension nearly 50 years ago as a county extension agent, and has earned a national reputation for his positive efforts to improve and expand the 4-H program.

Under his leadership, Dr. Lifer has doubled 4-H membership, restructured the Ohio 4-H Foundation to involve more key executives, quadrupled the Ohio 4-H Endowment Fund, and initiated the first 4-H Center on a land-grant university campus. In addition, he has provided leadership for numerous state and national committees.  

Dr. Lifer is one of those rare individuals who continually and consistently makes an extraordinarily positive difference "behind the scenes." His advice and counsel is sought, valued and used by people from experienced government and university officials to the newest teen 4-H ambassadors. The advice and mentorship he has provided for agricultural leaders has made a tremendous difference in the quality and scope of programs throughout Ohio and the nation.

He has been inducted into the Ohio State 4-H Hall of Fame, as well as National 4-H Hall of Fame. He's also served as program chair and president of the Ohio State Ag. Retirees Association.

He and his wife Gwyenna reside in Columbus and have three children.