FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - Former state Rep. David Cook has been named director of the University of Arkansas' Leadership Academy.
The Times Record reports (http://bit.ly/1bO0lYV) that Cook, a retired educator from Williford, was named to head the group on Tuesday. Created by the Legislature in 1991, the academy is nationally recognized and works with 50 partners in education and business in Arkansas. It has staff members in Fayetteville and Little Rock.
Cook served three terms in the state House and ran unsuccessfully as a Democrat for Congress in the 1st district in 2010.
Cook has worked as a teacher, coach, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent in the Sheridan, Bradford, McRay, Bald Know, Sloan-Hendrix and Osceola school districts. He also has directed the Northeast Arkansas Educational Service Cooperative and taught graduate courses at Harding University.
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