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Charles Lytton honored with emeritus status

BLACKSBURG, Va., April 4, 2011 – Charles Lytton of Blacksburg, former Virginia Cooperative Extension senior 4-H youth development agent and unit coordinator in Giles County, Va., has been conferred the “senior extension agent emeritus” title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians, and exceptional staff members who are specially recommended to the board of visitors by Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board of visitors receive an emeritus certificate from the university.

A member of the Virginia Cooperative Extension since 1989, Lytton served in the core program area of 4-H youth development in Giles County. He managed a 4-H youth program involving more than 3,500 4-H members and 400 volunteers, and initiated several successful 4-H programs, including American Chestnut and Eastern Hemlock restoration, 4-H Astronomy program, at-risk youth leadership programs, and 4-H Family Fishing Day at Pandapas Pond.

For 15 years, Lytton provided administrative leadership as unit director/coordinator in Giles County. His duties included fiscal administration, leadership in local government relations, mentorship of new agents, management of a broad and diverse youth development program, and coordination of the volunteer development program.

Lytton received numerous awards, including Outstanding Agent, Giles County; Schools Volunteer of the Year; and the American Chestnut Foundation Outstanding Cooperator.

He served in influential leadership roles, including as a member of the board of directors of the W. E. Skelton 4-H Educational Center, a member of the 4-H Plant and Soil Science Curriculum Committee, and the Giles County United Fund Chairman.

Lytton received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Virginia Tech.

Virginia Cooperative Extension brings the resources of Virginia's land-grant universities, Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, to the people of the commonwealth. Through a system of on-campus specialists and locally based educators, it delivers education in the areas of agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, community viability, and 4-H youth development. With a network of faculty at two universities, 107 county and city offices, 11 agricultural research and Extension centers, and six 4-H educational centers, Virginia Cooperative Extension provides solutions to the problems facing Virginians today.