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Margaret Larson

Margaret Larson
County Extension Director

Highland Community College, Bldg R 2998 W Pearl City Rd Freeport IL 61032


Margaret Larson provides leadership and oversight for all aspects of Extension and 4‐H in Jo Daviess, Stephenson and Winnebago counties. She empowers staff to effectively respond to issues in the communities and neighborhoods and to use Extension’s resources, including volunteers, efficiently to maximize impact. The resulting work for the public leads to open access to Extension information, expertise and assistance.                                                                                    

Margaret Larson is the U of I Extension County Director for Jo Daviess, Stephenson and Winnebago Counties.  She is responsible for leadership of all aspects of the organization including fund development, fiscal management, Human Resources, management of four offices (two in Rockford) and 24 staff.

She has worked in Higher Education for 34 years, serving in a variety of roles at four Illinois Colleges and Universities. Before joining Extension in 2004, she served as Assistant Dean of Students at Midwestern University in Downers Grove.  Her background includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences and Master’s Degree in Counseling from Illinois State University.

Margaret lives in Pecatonica with her husband and two teenage children.