Lawrence Barker

Larry Barker with VPFA Chris Clement
Presidential Award of Excellence, 2016

Extension Field Specialist, Youth and Family
County Office Administrator

Larry Barker must love hats. As Coös County’s 4-H Extension Educator for nearly three decades, and County Office Administrator for close to two decades, he certainly wears many of them. What’s more, he does so with a style comprised equally of wisdom, empathy, and decisiveness.

Since 1987, when Larry took the reins as the county’s 4-H Extension Educator, he’s worked with thousands of North Country youth and volunteers to enhance the agricultural integrity of Coös County, bolster the area’s economy, and inspire adolescents and their mentors to become actively engaged with their natural surroundings.

Since 1997, when Larry became County Office Administrator, he’s managed a staff of seven while simultaneously advocating for Cooperative Extension with community stake holders and New Hampshire legislators. His tireless championing of Extension’s relevance to the North Country has resulted in significant ongoing funding for Coös County.

That’s two big hats . . . ten gallons perhaps? There are others.

In 1993, Larry became coordinator for New Hampshire 4-H’s Shooting Sports, one of the organization’s most popular, training-intensive, and safety conscious programs. In 2014 alone, over 800 youth participated statewide in Shooting Sports and a record number of volunteers were trained as instructors.

In 2009, Larry was appointed Barry Conservation 4-H Camp Director, assuming oversight of a unique residential summer camp program that, through his dynamic marketing, fills to capacity every year. Further, thanks to Larry’s unwavering commitment to access and the fundraising it entails, the majority of campers attend on scholarship.

Beyond these key leadership roles, Larry has served just as generously and potently in other capacities at Cooperative Extension, with the University, and in his beloved hometown of Lancaster. His numerous contributions have strengthened the organizations he serves and, critically, the perception of UNH in northern New Hampshire.

If Larry’s bailiwick seems impressively expansive, that’s because it is. If Larry himself seems expansively impressive, that’s because he is.

About This Award

All members of the university community, including leadership, supervisors & managers, peers, colleagues and students may nominate any qualified staff member by completing the Presidential Award of Excellence nomination form online or by requesting a paper application from Human Resources and forwarding it to the Presidential Award of Excellence Peer Review Committee, c/o Human Resources, Nesmith Hall each year by the deadline.