Dr. Gladys Gary Vaughn, PhD
Chief, Training Division

Gladys Gary Vaughn, Ph.D.

Gladys Gary Vaughn is Chief of the Training Division. She joined the Federal Service in May 1998 as National Program Leader for Human Sciences Research in the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (now National Institute for Food and Agriculture). In May 2004, she assumed directorship of OASCR’s Office of Outreach, and served in that capacity until August 2009. A trained trainer, she became Chief of the Training Division in 2013.

Vaughn holds the Bachelor of Science degree from Florida A&M University, a master's degree from Iowa State University, a doctor of philosophy from the University of Maryland, and a Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Fontbonne University in St. Louis.  Her life’s work has focused on the well-being of farm and refugee families, federal employees, children, families, and the legacy of women’s organizations.

She has authored and co-authored grants totaling more than $12 million for innovative, award-winning and widely replicated programs. She is author or co-author of award winning curricular focused on nutrition, 4-H, and prevention of adolescent pregnancy; has published in professional journals and popular literature, and is co-author of two signal books which help fill a critical intellectual gap in the historical record of the contributions of Black Women.

She has traveled extensively to 52 states and territories, and 37 foreign countries, and serves or has served on the boards of national organizations including Habitat for Humanity International and the Association for the Study of African American Life and history.