The Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service announces that long-time employee Pia Woods has been named staff chair.

Woods has been with the Extension Service for 23 years. She began as an 1890 4-H program assistant and served the past 12 years as the lead county agent for the 4-H Youth Development Program, according to a news release.

The first African-American female to hold the position of staff chair, Woods, earned a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and a master’s degree in human resource workforce development education from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Woods earned the 2017 Arkansas 4-H Agent of the Year award. The Arkansas Association of 4-H Agents also presented Woods with a Distinguished Service Award and the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents recognized her at its 2017 annual conference at Indianapolis, Ind.

“I am simply delighted to have the opportunity to serve in this capacity and to provide leadership to an amazing Extension staff who go above and beyond the call of duty to provide quality research-based information to improve the lives of Jefferson County residents,” Woods said.

Details: Pia Woods at or 870-534-1033.

Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture which offers all its Extension and Research programs and services without discrimination.