Shirley Hastings, director of UT Extension Strategic Planning and former associate dean of Family and Consumer Sciences, has been honored as a Legend in Family and Consumer Sciences by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS). The recognition occurred at the 107th annual Conference and Expo, held in Bellevue, Washington.
The honor spotlights Hastings' achievements and her visionary role in leading the profession. She has provided leadership for Family and Consumer Sciences throughout a career that has spanned positions in five states--New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
Through her efforts, Hastings obtained more than $70 million in funding to build and strengthen FCS programs. As a past president of AAFCS, she led the professional organization to set and attain ambitious goals based upon her deep-rooted belief in how the profession positively impacts the lives of families and communities. During the AAFCS conference, Hastings and other Legend honorees shared their experience and insights with members in interactive sessions called "Learning from Legends in our Field."
Hastings' biography of professional accomplishments was published in a book titled Leaders in Family and Consumer Sciences. The book, which was introduced at the national meeting, recognizes individuals who have advanced the quality and impact of the profession of the human sciences.