January 30, 2013 Edition

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New Red Wolves
director visits area

Carter Ford (left) is the new executive director of the ASU Red Wolves Foundation. Adam Staples, local State Farm agent and Red Wolves supporter, introduced him around Hoxie and Walnut Ridge on Friday.

John Bland

Carter Ford, the new executive director of the ASU Red Wolves Foundation, was in the area Friday encouraging local folks to be part of the Red Wolves Rising.

The Red Wolves Foundation was formerly known as the Red Wolves Club.

Ford, a Paragould native, believes the success of Arkansas State University contributes to the success of the rest of Northeast Arkansas. Likewise, he believes Hoxie, Walnut Ridge and Lawrence County are important to the success of ASU.

"Higher education is an economic engine," he added.

"Now is the perfect time to come on board and be a part of the Red Wolves Rising," Ford said. "We'd like everyone to join." He also noted that other parts of the state have shown excitement over ASU athletics.

To join the Foundation or get information about ASU athletics, Ford can be contacted at 870-972-2082 or 870-219-8157. "There are lots of opportunities to get involved." He also welcomes the opportunity to bring ASU coaches and visit local civic groups.

Adam Staples, local State Farm agent and Red Wolves supporter, accompanied Ford around the area on his visit. "Adam is a great Red Wolves supporter," Ford said. Staples can also be contacted regarding information about the foundation.

Ford said he hopes his visit here is the first of many in his new capacity. Ford, however, is no stranger to Walnut Ridge. His grandmother, Patsy Jo Burns of West Memphis, grew up in Walnut Ridge. His great-grandparents were the late Arthur Lee "Pat" and Pauline Chaney, who lived in Walnut Ridge. Pauline, by the way, was a member of the first graduating class at Sloan-Hendrix Academy in Imboden.

Previously, Ford served as assistant athletic director for football operations as ASU. Before coming to ASU, Ford worked for about a year and a half as an aide to Gov. Mike Beebe.

He is a graduate of the U. of A., where he served as student body president.

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