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Sara Brown selected as Arkansas 4-H Foundation managing director

By Sarah Cato
U of A System Division of Agriculture
Oct. 19, 2018 

Fast facts:

  • Sara Brown named 4-H Foundation Managing Director
  • Brown brings deep experience in business, leadership and education
  • Brown: “My heart is in helping students.” 

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Years of work in higher education and a passion for helping students are the tools Garland County native Sara Brown is bringing to her new job as managing director for the Arkansas 4-H Foundation. 


The Arkansas 4-H Foundation supports the Arkansas 4-H youth development program by raising funds for scholarships and for operating the C. A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center. 

Brown, of Hot Springs, began her new position Oct. 1. With a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Leadership Studies from University of Central Arkansas and an extensive history in business, Brown is a perfect fit for the job, said Martha Ray Sartor, extension’s interim associate director of FCS and 4-H Youth Development for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. 

“Dr. Brown came very highly qualified,” Sartor said. “She is ultimately prepared for the position.” 

Although her education and experience are impressive, it’s her passion that makes her ideal for the position.   

“My heart is in helping students develop and grow and become productive community leaders,” Brown said, “because they will be taking care of us one day.” 

Her main responsibility will be fund development, but her vision stretches beyond that. 

 “I see a lot of opportunity to grow and promote 4-H throughout the state so that more people realize what we do and that we’re all about youth development and leadership,” she said. “My vision is to create that positive atmosphere they need.” 

“She has hit the ground running,” Sartor said. “She is a quick study and she is going to be excellent.” 

For more information on the Arkansas 4-H Foundation, visit .


About the Division of Agriculture

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system. 

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.  

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to 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. 

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U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
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