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Post named VESTA state coordinator

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Veronica Post of Altus has been named the new Arkansas coordinator for the Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA).

Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus is a member of VESTA, a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded partnership between the Missouri State University system, 17 two-year institutions across the country, state agriculture agencies, vineyards and wineries.

A graduate of Altus-Denning High School and former student of Arkansas Valley Technical Institute (now Arkansas Tech-Ozark) and Westark College, Post served as the mayor of Altus for 12 years and worked previously in banking for 20 years. She brings with her a vast knowledge of the area and wine industry.

“I am glad to be a part of the Ozark Campus, because I really enjoy helping people, and helping others expand their knowledge is what Arkansas Tech does so well,” she said.

“I believe that when we help others further their education, we are giving them an advantage for their future. I will work to enhance people’s lives through the courses at the Ozark Campus. It is important to our area and for all of Arkansas.”

Post and her husband, Paul, have three children, Anthony Rothe, Theresa Rothe and John Paul Post.

Last year VESTA received a four-year, $4.99 million NSF grant to establish itself as a National Center of Excellence. Previously a regional center, as a national center VESTA will assist the economic development and sustainability of the rapidly expanding U.S. grape and wine production industry.