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— Darrin Coon, business and human resource manager at John Brown University, was named Human Resource Professional of the Year by the Northwest Arkansas Human Resource Association (NOARK).

The award recognizes an individual who has shown outstanding service and has promoted the profession of Human Resource Management.

During the award ceremony, representatives of NOARK noted Coon’s service on the association’s board and his establishment of a NorthwestArkansas version of HR Talk, an online magazine published in partnership with Biz2Biz that addresses human resource issues.

Coon also has acted as a legislative liaison for human resource professionals, served as NOARK’s vice president and was recently sworn in as the association’s president for 2010.

“I was pleased yet surprised to receive the award because there are so many other deserving members,” Coon said.

“I am thankful for how the university has supported me in my service to NOARK.”

NOARK comprises more than 300 HR professionalsrepresenting more than 155 organizations. The association holds monthly meetings for human resource professionals to network with business leaders, legal experts and others advancing the human resource profession.

John Brown University is a private Christian university, ranked second by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 2,000 students from 42 states and 49 countries.

JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

School News, Pages 9 on 12/30/2009

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