Mary Hightower serves as Chief Communications Officer for the Division of Agriculture. She previously served as Director of Communications and an Extension Communications Specialist for the Cooperative Extension Service. Before joining the Cooperative Extension Service, Hightower worked for The Associated Press. She took a multi-year hiatus from the Extension Service to work as an Account Supervisor and Vice President of a Florida PR firm serving regional, national and international accounts.
Hightower has a BA in History with a minor in Medieval Studies from Boston College and the University College London and an MA in Journalism from UALR.