(04/25/19) BATON ROUGE, La. — Gina E. Eubanks, associate vice president of the LSU AgCenter, has been inducted into the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture Hall of Fame.
The honor was bestowed at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on April 25. Hall of Fame inductees have helped advance NIFA’s mission to address societal issues through agricultural research, education and outreach.
Eubanks, who joined the LSU AgCenter in 2013, leads food and nutrition initiatives. The AgCenter conducts several programs aimed at teaching low-income and rural audiences to make healthier choices, often in collaboration with other agencies and organizations.
She also provides support for the LSU School of Nutrition and Food Sciences, focusing on preparing undergraduate and graduate students to educate and serve the community.
A native of Clinton, Louisiana, Eubanks grew up participating in 4-H. She received a bachelor’s degree in clothing and textiles from Southern University. At Oklahoma State University, she earned a master’s degree in clothing and textiles and a doctorate in home economics.
Eubanks held teaching roles at Alcorn State University, Oklahoma State University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University before moving to the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center. There, she spent several years as vice chancellor for extension, beginning in 2002.
While at the SU Ag Center, Eubanks was an active member and chairperson of the Association of Extension Administrators. She also was elected as an administrative representative to the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Board on Agricultural Assembly.
“I can truly say that I am enjoying my 35 years in higher education because it has allowed me to develop as a professional while impacting the lives of people in Mississippi, Oklahoma, Virginia and, of course, my home state of Louisiana,” Eubanks said.
Gina E. Eubanks, left, associate vice president of the LSU AgCenter, accepts a trophy from J. Scott Angle, director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Eubanks was inducted into the NIFA Hall of Fame at a ceremony April 25 in Washington, D.C. Photo provided by Kelly Sprute/USDA NIFA
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