Kathleen A. Jamison, extension specialist for 4-H Youth Development with Virginia Cooperative Extension at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of “professor emerita, Extension specialist, 4-H youth development" by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The emeritus title may be conferred on retired professors, associate professors, and administrative officers who are specially recommended to the Board of Visitors by Virginia Tech President Timothy D. Sands. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board receive an emeritus certificate from the university.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 2000, Jamison made significant contributions across the state through her work in positive youth development, specifically by focusing on curriculum development and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs for ages 5 to 19.

Jamison provided leadership for the development of high-quality national and state science, technology, engineering, and mathematics curricula as well as national theatre arts curricula. Her contributions to the Virginia 4-H Curriculum and Learning Process involved working with faculty across the university and throughout the state to design age-appropriate, innovative learning programs.

She also led the Virginia 4-H Military Program and established a network to help youth from families of all military branches and secured grants to provide life-skill development for military youth.

Jamison received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Old Dominion University and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.