Tara Markley Named Johnson County Extension 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.
Local Extension faculty are jointly employed in a partnership between K-State Research and Extension, headquartered on the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan, and the local Extension board.
The role of K-State Research and Extension is to encourage the adoption of research-based information to improve the quality of life for Kansans. K-State Research and Extension is the short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service.
More information about K-State Research and Extension - Johnson County is available by calling (913) 715-7000.