County Extension Director, Hillsborough County 4-H Foundation Charter Member,
accept his hall of fame medallion
Mike McKinney always knew what he wanted to do with his life; so much so that when he was 5 years old he was recorded telling a department store Santa Claus that he wanted to be a County Agent when he grew up.
Mike was raised in the city, but enjoyed long summer visits on his Grandparents farm in northwestern Indianapolis, Indiana. Those visits always included a trip to the County Fair to watch his cousins show their 4-H cattle. He was hooked!
When Mike was nine years old his dream of becoming a 4-H member came true when his Grandfather gave him a baby Holstein calf for his 4-H project. That was the beginning of a lifetime journey in 4-H. Mike is a 4-H Alumnus, a 4-H Volunteer, a 4-H Parent, 36 year Extension career educator and currently continues to be extremely active in the Hillsborough County 4-H Foundation.
Professional History and Highlights:
1969-1986 Purdue University (Indiana) Cooperative Extension Service:
4-H Agent: Rush County, Indiana; 4-H Coordinator: Elkhart County, Indiana
County Director: Fountain County, Indiana
>First to implement the 4-H Interstate Exchange Program in two counties.
>Recognized for developing county based 4-H project curriculum.
>First to initiate and implement a 4-H Club for disabled adults.
>Recognized for 4-H camping and teen leadership programs.
>Pioneered the Women in Agriculture program in Indiana.
>Recognized for innovative programming in youth and adult programs.
>First to establish the suicide hotline for farmers during the farm crisis.
>Recognized for promoting and implementing bi-state Extension participation (Indiana/Michigan) and (Indiana/Illinois).
1986-2005: University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service:
County Extension Director, Hillsborough County
Public Policy Educator, Hillsborough County
Hillsborough County 4-H Foundation Charter Member
Highlights: (Professional Accomplishments)
>25 Year Commendation from the National Association of 4-H Agents.
>Served three years on the National NAE4-H Board of Directors.
>Received the Florida and National Distinguished Service Award from the
National Association of Extension Agricultural Agents (NAEAA).
>Received the Florida, Regional, and National Distinguished Service Award
From Epsilon Sigma Phi.
>Served as Southern Region Vice President and National Board Member for Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP).
> Served as National Public Policy Committee Chair for ESP.
>Named the Nation’s top Public Policy Educator by the National Public Policy Committee of Land Grant Universities.
> Named Florida Extension Retiree of the Year by Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP).
Other Commitments to 4-H:
>Charter member of the Hillsborough County 4-H Foundation:
Past President, Secretary, Finance Committee Chair, Fundraising Chair.
>Assisted UF 4-H Dean in developing the organizational structure for the
University of Florida 4-H Youth Development Advisory Council (YDAC).
>Endowed a 4-H Scholarship at his alma mater, Murray State University.
>Past President of the League of Women Voters of Hillsborough County.
>Charter and current member of the Hillsborough County Fair.