Chapin returns as director of Michigan State University Extension children and youth initiatives

MSU Extension announced the appointment of Julie Chapin, Ph.D., as director of the MSU Extension Children and Youth Institute (CYI), the unit focused on programming for those from birth to age 19, including Michigan 4-H.

Headshot of Julie Chapin.

Michigan State University (MSU) Extension announced the appointment of Julie Chapin, Ph.D., as director of the MSU Extension Children and Youth Institute (CYI), the unit focused on programming for those from birth to age 19, including Michigan 4-H. Chapin reassumes the role after serving as the CYI director from 2010-2018.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Chapin back at the helm of CYI,” said Quentin Tyler, MSU Extension director. “Julie’s strong vision, leadership acumen and passion for the 4-H Youth Development program make her an ideal candidate to help increase and improve our children and youth programs.”

Chapin has a long history with MSU Extension and Michigan 4-H that spans 36 years. A 4-H alumna from Ottawa County, Chapin began her professional career at MSU Extension in 1981 as a 4-H youth agent. She later became a youth animal science specialist before serving as state 4-H program leader for volunteer development. In 2010, Chapin became the first director of CYI when the institute was established, a role she served in until she retired in 2018. She has been honored for her Extension service with the Michigan and National Distinguished Service Awards.

“I’m so happy to be back working with the talented professionals that make up CYI and the amazing youth and families across our Michigan 4-H community,” said Chapin. “The work being done across the state by our staff and volunteers is truly making a difference in the lives of children. I look forward to helping elevate and advance this work moving forward.”

Chapin’s appointment was effective June 1.

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