Emeritus College

Professor Emeritus Inducted to 4-H Hall of Fame 2018

Dr. Romando James, Professor Emeritus of Family and Youth Development 
2018 inductee to the National 4-H Hall of Fame

Older African American gentleman sitting with purple ball cap
Rev. Dr. Romando James, Professor Emeritus of Youth and Family Development

Rev. Dr. Romando James joined the Rutgers University Extension Service and became the first New Jersey Urban 4-H Change Agent. The program served and incorporated significant numbers of under-represented urban youth by adding many non-traditional programs/ clubs such as The Playmakers Guild performing arts program. James was the subject of the 4-H training film “Living Your Choices, Romando”. While at Rutgers, he held many offices in the New Jersey 4-H Agents Association. James joined the Clemson University Family and Youth Development Department as a 4-H curriculum specialist. He created a new program based on his Ph.D. dissertation called 4-H P.R.I.D.E. (Purpose, Respect, Integrity, Determination and Enthusiasm). This program taught survival life skills for adulthood.

Using Dr. James’ P.R.I.D.E. curriculum and structure, the program expanded into an annual, week-long summer camp sponsored by Clemson 4-H, the Sixth District of the National Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and Kellogg Foundation. This program evolved into a prison ministry through the SC Dept. of Corrections. James was active in the National Education Association, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, the Clemson University Toastmasters and National Public Speakers Bureau. James was recognized for his 4-H community service and involvement, including the Nobel Prize for Community Service, the Jefferson Award and twice by the South Carolina House of Representatives for his outstanding contributions to 4-H and other youth. Many outstanding leaders developed under his leadership, including Nikki Haley (former South Carolina governor and US Ambassador to the United Nations). Dr. James has published a book of poetry and essays titled P.R.I.D.E.: Book of Poetry and Essays designed to give inspiration and hope to inmates, their families and individuals who have not maximized their potential.

With over 30 years spent with  the 4-H in New Jersey and South Carolina, both traditional and non-traditional participants enjoyed his innovative programs! Dr. James will receive his award this month in Washington D.C.

*information provided by National 4-H Hall of Fame website and Dr. James