County of Monmouth

For Immediate Release:
June 26, 2023

County Commissioners congratulate County 4-H Agent for receiving Presidential Fellowship for Teaching Excellence Award

FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners would like to congratulate Monmouth County 4-H Agent, Matthew R. Newman, for receiving the Presidential Fellowship for Teaching Excellence through Rutgers University as part of their 2022-23 Faculty Year-End Excellence Awards.

“We are proud to announce that Matthew Newman has received the Presidential Fellowship for Teaching Excellence and congratulate him for earning this award,” said Commissioner Director Thomas A. Arnone. “This award honors newly promoted and tenured faculty members who have made truly outstanding contributions to teaching during their early years at Rutgers University.”

Newman is the County Extension Department Head and an associate professor for Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Monmouth County through the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

“Matthew is a shining star and continues to impress all of us with his hard work and dedication to the 4-H program and mission,” said Commissioner Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the Rutgers Cooperative Extension. “Our 4-H clubs are located throughout the County and are led by trained adult volunteers. 4-H is a network of organizations whose goals are to provide educational opportunities for youth, encourage responsibility, community awareness and character development, strengthen potential job skills and improve community partnerships and collaborations. We thank Matthew for his leadership and congratulate him on this well-deserved award.”

For more information about the Monmouth County 4-H program, email or go to

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