Dr. Todd Kesner has dedicated his professional life to 4-H youth development for the past 29 years. After growing up on his family farm, he graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science and Agricultural Communications and immediately continued his schooling in Secondary Education. Rather than teaching high school science, Dr. Kesner became a 4-H Extension Agent in Charlevoix County, Michigan in 1989. He moved to Bozeman to become the Gallatin County 4-H Extension Agent in 1995, worked on his Master’s Degree at Montana State University, and joined the Montana 4-H Center in 2008 as the 4-H Associate Specialist for Agriculture and Natural Resources. After earning his Doctorate at Montana State University, Dr. Kesner become the Director for the Montana 4-H Center for Youth Development in 2014.
Dr. Kesner’s passion for 4-H has done nothing but grow throughout his career. His wife, Lisa, daughter Lauren, and son Sam, are all involved in 4-H at the county level and know first-hand the leadership opportunities 4-H provides. Dr. Kesner sees 4-H as a vital part of American life and a key to a bright future from the community to the national level. He believes the 4-H community is a nationwide network of success and no other youth program does more to prepare young people for the challenges of the future.