Arkansas Association of LeadAR Alumni
The mission of the AALA is to serve the Alumni and assure the continuation of the LeadAR Program. 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 original advisory council included, as it does today, farmers, university educators, Extension faculty, business people and representatives of state agencies, industries and non-profit organizations. They planned LeadAR with four guiding principles in mind:
- To avoid seeking public funding.
- The LeadAR program would be broadly represented with farmers as well as community leaders from "all kinds of occupations".
- The curriculum would be evenly divided between current issues and process and skills training.
- Participants would be chosen from a wide range of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
The LeadAR Advisory Council is appointed by and serves at the will of the Associate Vice President for Agriculture – Extension. Council members are selected from rural and agricultural leaders, corporate sponsors, University faculty and LeadAR alumni ranks. The purpose of the Council is to support and advise the Associate Vice President for Agriculture-Extension and the LeadAR Program Director about 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 consists of 15 members who serve three-year terms, on a rotation schedule. Terms are staggered, and re-appointment is allowed. Officers of the Advisory Council include a Chair, a Vice Chair and Committee Chairs. The Council Chair and Vice Chair are elected by the Council Members and serve two year terms. The LeadAR Program Coordinator serves as Secretary to the Council.
The Council meets two times per year in May and November with dates set by the Members. At these meetings the Council reviews program finances, new sources of program funding, potential curriculum changes, recent seminars and study tour agendas, participant success stories and any problems that arise in the class in participation or behavior.
There are four standing committees: Finance, Curriculum, Selection, and Ethics. Chairs of these committees are appointed by the Council Chair.