Shirley Easley came to the University of Arkansas in 1996 and became administrative assistant to the Arkansas Leadership Academy Teacher Institute. In 2003, she was promoted to project program specialist. Before coming to Arkansas in 1995, Shirley served on staff at the Ohio Southern Baptist Convention for 14 years as office manager and administrative assistant.
As a project program specialist, Shirley plans and develops conferences, seminars and programs and participates in presentations. She assists in the planning and development of programs and projects that contribute positively to collaboration, lifelong learning and the ability to impact and to seek to improve the quality of education. She manages the flow of information and communication regarding the academy’s various schedules, institutes, meetings, newsletters, mailing and activities. Shirley also compiles financial information and monitors expenditures to ensure accurate and optimum operating efficiency.