Home and Community
E.G. Peterson Extension Award
Margie Memmott is an Extension associate professor, the Home and Community Department director, and the family and consumer sciences state program leader. She has worked for Utah State University Extension for more than 30 years and is a paragon of professional excellence, leadership, innovation, and commitment to the mission and goals of USU.
As a leader and respected mentor, Margie has empowered faculty to publish hundreds of fact sheets and journal articles, generate millions of dollars in external funds for research and other causes, and craft experiences that help children, youth, and adults reach their full potential. She has created lasting and productive partnerships while playing to the strengths of the faculty members she supervises. By working to make the Home and Community Department more expansive and inclusive, she has helped those in her department better meet the needs of Utah residents.
Margie served as a national board member for the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS). She also served as Western Region Director for NEAFCS. She has received numerous awards and honors for her Extension programming, which show the value of her innovation and the impacts she has made.
Margie was raised primarily in Canada, but moved with her family to Pakistan and graduated from high school at the American School in Lahore at the age of 16. At age 19, she earned her bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University, majoring in home economics education, and at age 20, she received her master’s degree from USU. She later attended Iowa State University, completing course work in the home economics doctoral program.
Comments from faculty serving under Margie’s stewardship include, “I’ve felt genuinely supported both professionally and personally – Margie is the type of person who truly means it when she says ‘I have your back.’” “She has been a good example of creative thinking for delivering programs and continues to encourage innovation among faculty. She is supportive of professionalism and work/life balance, which continues to make our department stronger.”
As demanding as her Extension career has been, the center of Margie’s life is her family – husband Sam, sons Tyrell, Rex, Justin, and Jordan, three daughters-in-law, and seven grandchildren, including twins.
The E.G. Peterson Award is the highest recognition available to USU Extension faculty members who provide outstanding service to the state. Margie is exemplary of that as she has served Extension, her community, and Utah for over three decades.
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