Sherry Ford has accepted a regional director position with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, serving Jasper, Mahaska, Marion and Poweshiek counties in Region 14 effective June 1.

As regional director, Ford will provide leadership to county extension councils and oversee delivery of regional educational programs that align with needs of the region.

Ford currently serves as the Mills County extension director with ISU Extension and Outreach, serving in this position since 1999. Prior to her current position, she was an elementary teacher in Omaha, Nebraska, and Malvern, Iowa.

“We are so pleased Sherry has accepted the role as regional director,” said assistant vice president for county services Bob Dodds with ISU Extension and Outreach. “As an educator, Sherry has had over 30 years of experience in teaching, organizational leadership, program planning, evaluation, parent education and working to build community resource collaborations and partnerships in addition to administrative responsibilities. She brought change and transformation that align with the goals and mission of ISU Extension and Outreach. We congratulate and welcome her to her new role with ISU Extension and Outreach.”

Ford has been very successful in securing state and federal grants to support educational programming in Mills County and southwest Iowa. She has held numerous leadership positions on committees related to education and economic development in southwest Iowa and within ISU Extension and Outreach.

Ford received a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Northern Iowa and a master’s degree in management from Bellevue University.