Dr. Joanne Bankston is a State Specialist for Family Economics and Management for the Cooperative Extension Program at KSU, and is also serving as Interim Chair of the Division of Family and Consumer Sciences. Dr. Bankston provides statewide leadership to programs in Family Financial Management and Consumer Education. She served as Director of the Cooperative Extension System National Center for Diversity located at KSU from 1992-1999.
Dr. Bankston holds: a BS degree in Vocational Home Economics from Morehead State University (KY); a MS in Family Economics and Management from Southern Illinois University; and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in Extension Education with minors in Family Resource Management and Research.
Dr. Bankston provides educational programs on: financial management, resource management, and consumer education to limited resource and general audiences, youth groups, 4-H, college students, and other groups and organizations. Dr. Bankston has recently authored “Get More Bang for Your Buck,” a curriculum for limited resource audiences; “Money Power,” a publication for college students; and co-authored with a team of Extension Specialists from 7 universities, “Legally Secure Your Financial Future (LSYFF),” an online curriculum and a learning lesson on eXtension, an Extension website for consumers. Dr. Bankston and other team members received the 2010 Outstanding Program Award for LSYFF from the Association of Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE). Dr. Bankston is past president of the KY chapter of Epsilon Sigma Phi, the Extension professional organization, and is chairperson on the Joint Council of Extension Professionals (JCEP). She is also president of the Association of Home Equipment Educators and serves on the Kentucky Attorney General’s Consumer Advisory Council.
JoAnne Bankston, Ph.D.
State Specialist for Family Economics & Management & Interim Chair, Division of Family & Consumer Sciences
Cooperative Extension Program Facility,Room 220
400 E. Main St.
Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: (502) 597-6328
Fax: (502) 597-5933