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Tara Markley

County extension office hires new director

On April 9, Johnson County K-State Research and Extension welcomed its new director, Tara Markley. In this role, she’ll provide administrative leadership for the county extension office’s educational programming, fiscal operations, personnel and marketing, and will serve as the county extension agent for the community development program.

Markley earned a bachelor’s degree in recreation, park and tourism administration from Western Illinois University and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Northern Illinois University. She has most recently been a research project coordinator for the University of Kansas Center for Public Partnerships and Research. Prior to this position, she served as the 4-H youth development extension agent for Johnson County. Before joining county extension, she was director of the Heartland Program and Innovation Center for Camp Fire.

K-State Research and Extension’s mission is to encourage the adoption of research-based information to improve the quality of life for Kansans. Learn more at johnson.k-state.edu or 913-715-7000.