LSU AgCenter Names New 4-H Department Head

Mark Tassin, Merrill, Thomas A.  |  11/28/2006 9:45:04 PM

Dr. Mark Tassin

News Release Distributed 11/28/06

The LSU AgCenter recently selected a 25-year veteran of its 4-H program to serve as the new head of its youth development efforts.

Dr. Mark Tassin will move into the position of department head for 4-H Youth Development Dec. 1. Tassin will succeed Terril Faul, a 35-year veteran in the LSU AgCenter who is retiring early next year.

"Dr. Tassin’s roots in the 4-H program are extensive," Dr. Paul Coreil, LSU AgCenter vice chancellor, said in making the announcement. "Making a positive impact on the lives of young people continues to drive his enthusiasm and commitment to Louisiana’s future leaders."

4-H is the youth development and outreach program of the nation’s land-grant universities and is operated across Louisiana by the LSU AgCenter. It is designed to help young people develop knowledge, skills and abilities that will benefit them, their families and their communities throughout their lives.

Tassin began his career with the LSU AgCenter in 1981 as a 4-H agent in Iberville Parish. Since 2001, he has worked as a regional 4-H coordinator in southeastern Louisiana and has been involved in a variety of statewide youth development efforts.

A graduate of Louisiana State University, Tassin received a bachelor’s degree in animal science from the university in 1981. He later earned a master’s degree in extension education from LSU in 1988 and a doctoral degree in human resource education from LSU in 2005.

"Dr. Tassin is committed to leading the 4-H youth development program by reaching a diverse population and creating opportunities for young people to develop a sense of belonging, independence, generosity and mastery that will enable them to become contributing citizens of Louisiana," Coreil said.

For more information on the Louisiana 4-H Youth Development Program and how you can get involved in your area, visit or contact your parish’s LSU AgCenter Extension Service Office.


Contact: Mark Tassin at (225) 578-2196 or
Writer: Tom Merrill at (225) 578-2263 or

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