Alabama Extension's Chambers County office has a new County Extension Coordinator. Ken McMillan will begin June 1.
McMillan is no stranger to Alabama Extension. He has served as co-principal investigator and accountant on the Army Youth Development Project since December 2006. He also provided fiscal oversight of Healthy Homes Partnership and Rural Alabama Initiative grants. He brings 20+ years of military experience, several years of teaching, and certified public accountant expertise to the job. While serving in the military, he completed various assignments worldwide as an Air Force officer and fighter pilot.
McMillan summarizes his motivation, expressing "My heart earnestly strives to provide Chambers County citizens increased opportunities for an enhanced life by serving as their advocate. I look forward to working alongside community partners, Extension agents and specialists through locally-salient efforts. One of his favorite quotes, by Theodore Roosevelt, states:
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
McMillan is ready to jump into the arena. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Sciences from the USAF Academy, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Accountancy from Auburn University, a Master of Science degree in Public Management from Midwestern State University, Texas and a Ph.D. in Public Administration and Public Policy from Auburn University.
"Ken brings a lot of experience and a strong work ethic to this position," said Stan Windham, assistant director of Program Operations Innovations at Alabama Extension."
"He has an outstanding history of leadership with the military as well as strong management and organizational skills, and I am excited to see what he will accomplish in Chambers County," Windham added.
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