Arkansas Association of LeadAR Alumni
The mission of the Arkansas Association of LeadAR Alumni (AALA) is to serve LeadAR Alumni and assure program continuation. Continuing education is promoted and provided by the association to engage alumni in lifelong learning.
LeadAR is a rural and agricultural leadership development program initially funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. Today, it is sponsored by the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service with additional support from alumni and corporate partners.
LeadAR Advisory Council
The LeadAR Advisory Council is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Associate Vice President for Agriculture – Director of Extension of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture (Extension Director). Council members are selected from rural and agricultural leaders, corporate sponsors, University faculty, and LeadAR alumni. The purpose of the Council is to support and advise the Extension Director and LeadAR Program Director on the LeadAR Program. Council members look for opportunities to strengthen, develop, coordinate, and extend adult leadership education through LeadAR program participants' roles in communities, counties, and the State of Arkansas.
The Council meets a minimum of twice per year. At these meetings the Council reviews program finances, new sources of program funding, potential program content, recent seminars and study tour agendas, and participant success stories. The Advisory Council appoints a Selection Committee for each new class to screen applications and interview potential program candidates. Once a group is selected for a new LeadAR class the committee recommends the group to the Advisory Council for approval which recommends the participants for acceptance by the Extension Director.