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LeadAR application deadline extended to Sept. 16

September 5, 2014 

Fast Facts:

  • Application deadline for LeadAR Class 17 extended to Sept. 16
  • Leadership program includes network 450 members strong

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LITTLE ROCK – Five state legislators, 30 years of learning, scores of community success stories, and a network that is 450 members strong. That is just part of the legacy that comes with being part of LeadAR, the Lead Arkansas program.

Now, through Sept.16, is your opportunity to become part of LeadAR’s success stories. The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service is now accepting applications for LeadAR’s Class 17. Our next class begins in February 2015.

LeadAR, or Lead Arkansas, is a two-year study structure offers participants an in-depth and global view of issues facing their communities, state and country. It includes a weeklong trip to Washington, D.C., to gain insight on the policy making process and how it impacts Arkansas and an out of country trip, to compare communities and economies and find cultural sharing opportunities.

The program has taken International study tours to Greece, Bolivia, Canada, Australia, Vietnam, Scotland, Panama and Costa Rica, Brazil, and China. The Advisory Council is currently considering Africa, India, and the Baltic States for Class 16.

“For three decades, LeadAR has offered its students an increased understanding of economic and social changes affecting Arkansas,” said Joe Waldrum, LeadAR program director. “In doing so, our participants develop their leadership skills and gain greater confidence in their abilities to make positive changes in their communities.”

Tuition for the program is $3,000, payable in installments over a year.  Interested individuals should go to or call (501) 671-2076 to learn more about the LeadAR Program. The complete application packet is due by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your County Extension office as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.

By The Cooperative Extension Service
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Media Contact: Joe Waldrum or Krishna Ellington at or 501-671-2076

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