Marva G. Ballard recently joined Rust College as webmaster. A native of Port Huron, Mich., Ballard is responsible for developing and maintaining the College’s website.
Over the last month and a half, she has upgraded the website including new information, graphics and page design. Alumni, students, prospective students, parents and all other visitors will find the site contains information from academics to WURC radio station. Student application forms and other information relevant to enrolling at Rust College can be downloaded.
Ballard is a resident of Memphis and works as a creative consultant for television productions and worked for two years as the marketing and communications director for Dress for Success Memphis. Since being in Memphis, she initiated operations with Women of Style, Spirit and Success Inc., an organization she founded in 2004. Success Inc. provides marketing tools, training and assistance to women operating small businesses.
She studied fine art at the University of Akron in Ohio and later opened a custom design salon in Indianapolis. Ballard worked in the clothing and related arts program at Tuskegee University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in fashion merchandising and a master’s in education. Ballard earned the Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching and an Outstanding Faculty Award for Service. Later, she became the communications specialist for the Southern Food Systems Education Consortium – a $5 million project funded by the Kellogg Foundation involving nine member universities.