Carol Johnson of Quitman, Arkansas is Alpha Gamma Rho’s new Chief Development Officer.
Johnson lives on her family’s farm on Bettis Mountain in Quitman. She resides on the homestead as the sixth-generation farm family with her husband, Eric, and children, Jessica, age 20 and Evan, age 14. As a youth, Johnson was active in 4-H and FFA and served as a state FFA officer in 1992.
Johnson’s love of agriculture took her to Arkansas State University in Jonesboro where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business. It was while a student at Arkansas State that she became associated with the Alpha Gamma Rho organization and was sweetheart for the Beta Epsilon chapter.
Upon graduation in 1995, Johnson was employed by the Arkansas Cattleman’s Association as Business Manager and Educational Development Officer. In 1997, Johnson began a career with Farm Credit Services that escalated to her serving as a Branch Manager.
In 2002, Johnson completed a master’s degree of business administration from Baker College. Upon receiving her MBA, Johnson began a 13-year career working for Arkansas State University-Beebe in several roles including, Adjunct Instructor of agricultural seminar and business courses, a Student Development Specialist, a Development Officer and the Associate Vice Chancellor of Advancement. In conjunction with serving on an interim basis as the Vice Chancellor of Advancement in 2016, Johnson completed a doctoral degree of educational administration with an emphasis in governance from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She then joined Arkansas Children’s Foundation where she has served as a Senior Development Officer, which attributes to her 16 years of development experience.
Johnson said she truly values the mission of AGR. “I never really understood the path I chose to take until now. It all makes sense why a farm girl with an ag degree, years of experience and an expanded national network in higher education, and elevated fundraising skills can benefit an organization that genuinely helped cultivate me during my college career: AGR is the perfect place for me to serve!”
“We are excited to have Carol join Alpha Gamma Rho and help us advance our mission to make better men for a dynamic and global agriculture,” said Rex Martin, CEO of Alpha Gamma Rho. “She brings a passion for agriculture combined with a wealth of experience to help us grow the educational foundation and enhance our professional programming to continue the circle of lasting leadership for our network of more than 3,100 members and 51,000 alumni.”
Alpha Gamma Rho is an over 100-year-old social and professional fraternity committed to cultivating a dynamic and global agriculture. Johnson will assist the 72 chapters and one colony across the nation with development and fundraising efforts as the organization continues to expand and evolve