Extension Professor Ruthellen Hill Phillips has been named an associate director of the West Virginia University Extension Service Center for 4-H and Youth, Family and Adult Development (4-HYFAD). The half-time assignment, which became effective Jan. 1, is a two-year appointment.

Dr. Phillips, an Extension youth specialist, will assist in supervising faculty working in the youth development area. She will provide firsthand leadership for the youth resiliency, literacy and entrepreneurial programs. Phillips will continue directing Energy Express, a summer reading and nutrition program.

In 2001, some 4,000 rural and low-income children in 43 counties participated in the eighth annual Energy Express program; nearly 600 college students, trained as AmeriCorps members, served as the childrens mentors.

“Dr. Phillips is an award-winning youth programmer and resource developer, and we are fortunate to have her in this leadership role,”commented Dr. Larry LeFlore, 4-HYFAD center director, in announcing the appointment.”I have every confidence that she will prove to be an invaluable asset in the centers efforts to meet the goals of Extension, particularly as they relate to youth development.”

Phillips joined Extension in 1985 as a 4-H and youth development specialist. In addition to Energy Express, she has led several statewide Extension youth programs, including smokeless tobacco education, sex education and highway safety. Since 1991, she has garnered more than $10 million in grants and $2.5 million in contracts to conduct Extension programs.

Phillips is a recipient of the Heebink Award, which honors WVU employees for outstanding service to the state.