Dr. John G. Richardson International Study Experience Award Endowment
Dr. John Richardson was reared on a farm in Nakina (Columbus County), North Carolina. He attended the Old Dock and Nakina public schools and graduated in 1960. He attended N. C. State (then known as North Carolina State College), and graduated with a BS degree in Agricultural Education in 1964. Upon graduation, he worked five years for Swift and Company as a hog buyer mostly in the midwestern US terminal markets of Kansas City, MO; Omaha, NB; and Sioux City, IA; and then in Wilson, NC.
In 1969, he began his Extension career as a livestock and farm management agent in Robeson County, NC. In 1977, he completed his Master of Education degree in Adult Education with a minor in Animal Science from NC State University. He was promoted to County Extension Chairman in 1979. In 1986, he became a district program leader for the NC Cooperative Extension Service (NCCES), and later, an Extension Education Programs specialist. He completed the Doctor of Education degree in Adult Education with a minor in Animal Science from NC State University in 1987. During 1988, he served as a NACo Fellow in Washington, DC. In 1995, he was named Extension Program Delivery and Accountability Leader. In 2003, he was appointed Agricultural Programs Accountability Manager, which encompasses the NC Cooperative Extension Service and the NC Agricultural Research Service at NC State University, and in 2006 gained additional responsibilities as the AEE Department Extension Leader.
In recent years, Dr. Richardson has guided the development of an accountability/reporting system for NCCES as well as managing the federal AREERA plans and reports requirements for both NC Extension and the North Carolina Agricultural Research Service. He plans and conducts training programs to compliment these systems. He has also worked in the development of applied aspects of nonformal programming, with particular emphasis on program delivery systems design and implementation. He has also taught numerous graduate and advanced undergraduate courses focusing on program delivery systems, non-formal education theory and practice, and extension systems worldwide.
John has published extensively, with over 100 refereed and peer reviewed
publications. He has given over 65 scholarly papers or seminars throughout
the USA, as well as in Australia, South Africa, Ireland, Hungary, Mongolia, Poland, Russia, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, Czech Republic, Ukraine, and Turkey. Since 1993, he has received 10 grants for innovative program delivery projects. He has also been called upon to travel to Ireland, Mongolia, Moldova, Puerto Rico, and Trinidad on special extension training and consultative roles, as well as four visits to Russia to provide consultation to farmer organizations, agricultural universities, and the Russian Ministry of Agriculture in the design and implementation of farmer information systems for the newly emerging private farming sector in Russia. Professional travel has taken him to 32 countries and these invaluable experiences shaped his personal and professional philosophies and formed the basis for the creation of this endowment.
Richardson has received numerous awards and recognition, including thirteen different service awards, such as the Outstanding Service Award from the Association For International Agricultural And Extension Education, a Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Counties; the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents; the International Award and the Distinguished Service Award from the NC Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi, and was named the Outstanding Young Agent in North Carolina in 1975. In 1976, a new livestock arena was constructed in Robeson County, NC, and was officially named the "John G. Richardson Livestock Arena" by the Robeson County Livestock Association and County Board of Commissioners in recognition of his Extension programs and leadership.
He served as the Academic Editor of the Journal of Extension Systems, 2001-2008. Also, he served as Caribbean Chapter Liaison to the Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education, and served AIAEE as chair of the scholarly activities committee for five years, as Journal board member, Association Board Member at Large, as well as President-elect and President of AIAEE. He also serves on the Board of Governors of the Journal of Extension Systems, and is one of five members of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Sustainable Development.
Richardson participated on the program development steering committee of the 1990-91 and 1991-92 North Carolina in the World Programs; provided specific leadership in developing the curriculum for one of the three major program components. He also provided overall leadership for operational planning, coordination, and management for the North Carolina Agriculture in the World Program, which involved extensive training of 40 NCCES agents, specialists, and administrators through intensive seminars in North Carolina, and study tours to Washington, D.C., and Western Europe to study global policy issues, Extension and research systems, international trade, and other significant issues, such as environmental concerns and food safety. Follow‑up development of educational programs was a key component. The continuing program has resulted in significant linkages being established and maintained with Extension and research personnel in other states, Washington, D.C., and in Western Europe, as well as with other adult educators in numerous countries of the world, 1989-91.
He organized and moderated an International Dimensions in Extension Education Programs that was attended by 120 NCCES workers at the annual Extension Conference in Raleigh in 1989. Since 1998, he has served as the Departmental Representative on the CALS International Programs Advisory Committee.
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John’s life partner is Kathy Moritz, an Administrative Officer for the NC State Chancellor. His children (from a previous marriage) are John Byron Richardson, Troy Marshall Richardson and Eydie R. Stone.
Guiding the administration of this endowment is Dr. John G. Richardson’s philosophy that foreign travel and professional touring and study provide a very significant personal and professional growth experience that can be expected to be inherently of value to themselves, clients, communities, and others upon the return to the U.S, as well as to stimulate further pursuits into foreign locations for professional and personal growth and development. The awards made from this endowment will be competitive, and the screening and selection committee will seek to assure that the application will reflect a positive professional and personal growth experience for the recipient. Of course, a clear and concise professional development purpose such as participating in an international extension related type conference, participating in a professional study tour, or an on-site study visit to a foreign agricultural university and its key faculty or ministry of agriculture in a foreign country for specified purposes or similar pursuits would all be acceptable initiatives.
The income of this endowment will be used to support travel, registration fees, per diem and other expenses directly related to participation in international professional development experiences by current agents employed by NCCE and working in North Carolina County Extension Offices. Awards will be $500 (and may be increased but will in no case provide more than 50% of the total costs incurred by recipients for their international professional development opportunities, unless extreme financial need is demonstrated. The Richardson Awards will be part of the Extension Awards program and promoted on that website.