|Associate Vice President and Program Leader
|101 J. Norman Efferson Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70894
Dr. Gina Elaine Eubanks is currently serving as Associate Vice President & Program Leader for Nutrition & Food Sciences. Dr. Eubanks has had an illustrious 35-year journey in higher education, deeply rooted in her commitment to fostering positive change and empowering individuals and communities to improve lives.
After earning her bachelor's degree from Southern University, A&M College in Baton Rouge, she pursued a master's degree at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. Her professional path began as a buyer for Maison Blanche before she transitioned into the realm of higher education. She began her teaching career at Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi. Driven by a passion for continuous learning, she returned to Oklahoma State University to pursue a Ph.D., later securing a teaching positions at Virginia Tech and Southern University.
In 1993, Eubanks embarked on a pivotal journey as a home economics specialist with the Southern University Cooperative Extension Program. Dr. Eubanks’ tenure was marked by tireless efforts to uplift marginalized communities, working closely with limited resource families, farmers, and youth. Her approach transcended conventional boundaries, defying stereotypes by engaging with diverse demographics beyond the traditional scope of her field.
Dr. Eubanks' commitment to equity and inclusivity is attested by her appointment to the USDA's Equity Commission in February 2022. As one of the twenty-eight esteemed members, she brought her unique perspective to the table, emphasizing the importance of understanding individual reference points to dismantle barriers and drive transformative changes in USDA programs and services. She remains steadfast in her belief that acknowledging and addressing diverse needs and perspectives is paramount in delivering impactful and meaningful services.
Through her multifaceted career, Dr. Gina E. Eubanks continues to embody the spirit of service, advocacy, and inclusivity, leaving an indelible mark on the landscape of cooperative extension. Her unwavering dedication to creating equitable opportunities stands as a testament to her enduring legacy of fostering positive change and empowerment.