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By Sarah CatoU of A System Division of AgricultureOct. 19, 2018
(250 words)(Download this story in MS Word format here.)
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
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
“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 http://www.arkansas4hfoundation.com/ .
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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Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) firstname.lastname@example.org