4-H Educational Center gets new interim director

The Warren Sentinel

FRONT ROYAL — Former Rappahannock County Administrator John McCarthy is the new interim director of the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center.

He replaces Doug Harpole, who moved to another position with the extension service.

McCarthy joined the center to help develop the growing portfolio of local and regional services that the center provides to 19 localities, Assistant Director Win Iden said in a news release.

A graduate of the University of Virginia with a masterís degree in urban and regional planning, McCarthy has experience in managing facilities and organizations that provide a wide range of service.

"As a long-standing member of the American Planning Association he is well equipped to lead the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center into an expanded role of increasing services to meet the region," Iden said.

McCarthy also has extensive volunteer experience and serves as on the board of several local and regional organizations. He is the chair of the PATH Foundation and a member of the Fauquier Health System.

He has also been involved in the Virginia Municipal League Insurance Programs and the Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission.

The Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center has been open for nearly 40 years and provided camping and educational experiences to hundreds of thousands of individuals, Iden said. In 2015, 10,000 campers and 20,000 individuals used the facilities.

The center provides meals and lodging for campers, visitor trails, a challenge course, athletic fields, horse stables and education facilities.

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