James R. “Bobby” Hall Awarded Emeritus Status
Hall served the Division of Agriculture and Cooperative Extension for nearly 30 years. He began his career as a county agricultural agent in Phillips County, Arkansas. In 1991, he was named staff chair where he managed offices in Dallas and Calhoun counties. As staff chair, Hall’s program responsibilities included agriculture and community and economic development.
In 2008, Hall began working full-time in community and economic development (CED) with statewide responsibilities in the area of leadership and nonprofit development. He also served a regional CED liaison for Delta counties. He became director of LeadAR, the Division’s flagship leadership program, in 2015 before retiring in 2016.
During his career, Hall received state and national recognition from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents, including Achievement and Distinguished Service awards, as well as the recognition from the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals. He also served in leadership positions in the Arkansas Association of Extension Specialists, Arkansas Association of Parliamentarians and other organizations.
In his Emeritus role, Hall will assist and support the University of Arkansas System in an advisory capacity. He also continues to pursue passions for woodworking, restoring old tractors and auctioneering in addition to travel and camping with his wife, Annita, in retirement.