Through his career with the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service's 4-H Youth Department, Norm Long touched the lives of more than 225,000 young people and 9,200 adult volunteers in Indiana, the North Central Region and nationwide. A role model among his colleagues for his dedication to professionalism, Long tirelessly promoted Purdue Agriculture, especially those programs which encompassed youth and animals.
Long received his B. S. in Animal Sciences from Purdue University in 1964. He served as county extension educator in Pulaski, Wabash and Porter counties from 1964 to 1972. In 1972 he earned an M.S. in Extension Education from Purdue and was named State Extension 4- H Livestock Specialist, a position that he held until his retirement in 1998. In 1978 Long earned an Ed.D. in Educational Administration from Ball State University.
During most of his years in the state 4- H office, Long served as executive secretary of the Indiana 4-H Foundation, Inc. (1978 to 1993), providing a bridge between the lay members of the foundation's board and the 4-H staff members. Long was a co-founder of the Animal Sciences Workshop for Youth, which in its 27-year history has impacted more than 7,500 Indiana youth. For 26 years, Long was the Indiana State Fair 4-H Livestock Coordinator, overseeing the second largest 4-H livestock exhibit in the U.S., with a staff that included 10 show managers, 110 extension educators and more than 200 volunteers. He developed numerous livestock and companion animal publications and curricula. Most notable among these is the juried publication that he co-authored with Rex Warner A Guide for 4-H Animal Care which is used for educational training in all 50 states.
Long was a strong supporter of volunteer leader training, assisting with the training for 4-H councils and boards in many counties. He continually sought ways to further recognize 4-H leaders for their service to youth programs. He had a particular interest in risk manage- ment, legal issues and tort liability as they related to the 4-H program and its volunteers and conducted education programs on these topics for volunteer managers throughout the state.
Long served three terms on the University Senate (1984-86, 1989-91 and 1992-95) and chaired the School of Agriculture's senators in 1993. His service to Indiana organizations is extensive. Just since 1995 Long has served on four state-wide boards: the Indiana Commission on Farm Animal Care, the Companion Animal Advisory Committee to the State Board of Animal Health, Indiana Horse Council Board of Directors, and the Indiana Livestock Promotion Board in the Lt. Governor's office (charter member).
In his community, Long is a charter member of the Battle Ground Lions Club and the Battle Ground Stearn and Power Show. He is an elder of Lafayette First Christian Church where he has served as a trustee and chairman of the board. He is a past director of the Purdue Employees Federal Credit Union, member of the parents selection committee for Harrison High School principal, and a Little League volunteer and assistant coach.
Long received Junior, Senior and Career Recognition awards from the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Specialists Association (PUCE SA) in 1980, 1989 and 1995, respectively. The National Association of Extension 4-H Agents presented him with the Distinguished 4-H Service Award (1982) and the National 4-H Communicator Award (1990). Long received Purdue Extension's Eric G. Sharvelle Distinguished Extension Specialist Award in 1990. Governor Frank O'Bannon named him a Sagamore of the Wabash in 1998.