James Glisson has dedicated more than 45 years of his life to the 4-H program. His career began as an outstanding 4-H youth member. He was on several state judging teams. He finished second in the National Land Judging event, and was on the 4-H County Council and served as a Junior Leader in his club.
“4-H was instrumental in starting my career,” said Glisson. “To this day I try to live the 4-H motto every day.”
While attending the University of Florida, Glisson was a 4-H club leader and managed 4-H summer camps for three years. After he graduated he became a 4-H Agent in Marion County and became County Extension Director in Liberty County.
He served as President of the Southeastern Livestock Association for twenty years, and was also the first Chairman of the Southeastern Youth Fair. For many years Glisson was a keynote speaker for 4-H clubs, functions, and recognition programs.
Glisson was a founding member of the Marion County 4-H Foundation, and has provided resources for the southeastern steer and hog shows, the 4-H horse program and the Florida 4-H Foundation. He is also a Co-founder of the Youth in Agriculture Recognition program, which became the Youth in Agriculture Celebration, and he has also judged numerous district events, county events and served as chairman of the steer show.
“Jimmy was recognized as one of the most knowledgeable people in agriculture in Marion County,” said A.T. Andrews, retired Extension Director for Alachua County. “He has established many outstanding programs for youth and has obtained many sponsors for youth programs. Jimmy is one of the most outstanding supporters of advancing 4-H programs for the State of Florida.”
In addition to his work with 4-H, Glisson served as President of the Ocala Kiwanis Club and Chairman of the Marion County Chamber of Commerce Agri-Business Committee. He was a member of the Marion County Therapeutic Rider’s Association for mentally and physically challenged youth, and served as Chairman for the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation Board.
Glisson passed away in March of 2008.