State Leader, Michigan 4-H Youth Development and Children & Youth Institute Associate Director
Jacob DeDecker serves as the State Leader of Michigan 4-H Youth Development and associate director of MSU Exension's Children and Youth Institute. Jacob joined the MSU Extension administrative team in 2014 providing leadership to risk management, policy, registration and evaluation systems and support of 4-H supervisors and county-based 4-H program coordinators. Before taking on this role, he was the 4-H science, engineering, technology and math program leader and provided leadership to small animal and agriculture programs. This is where he started his Michigan State University Extension career. Before starting with MSU Extension, he received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Animal Sciences along with a certificate in business administration from the University of Illinois.