Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship welcomes Probst and Brooks | Community

Midland Institute for Entrepreneurship announced its most recent hires. Former Effingham CEO instructor Kent Probst will join the team as the newest Community Director, and Austin Brooks will join as the new Community Engagement Leader. In their new roles, both Probst and Brooks will help to care for and grow the CEO program across the United States.

Probst, with more than 30 years of experience in education and community outreach, was a natural fit for the position of Community Director. In this role, Probst will coach and support each CEO community’s facilitators, mentors and board members by sharing the knowledge and experience he’s gained in the last several years as a CEO facilitator himself.

“I feel like it’s my time to retire from the public education community. However, there is only one place, one position, one program that can keep me still going… that’s Midland Institute and, of course, the CEO Program,” says Probst.

Probst has worked with people of all ages in his many endeavors. His hard work and dedication to Effingham County has left a lasting impact on the community. By assessing and responding to the needs of the Institute’s 38 CEO communities, Probst will be helping Midland Institute, and the CEO program, leave a similar and enduring impression nationwide.

Partnering with Probst, and other Institute team members, is Austin Brooks, Midland Institute’s new Community Engagement Leader.

The position is an obvious fit for the filmmaker, who hails from the St. Louis area and has a penchant for branding and building relationships. Brooks comes to the Institute with several years of experience, working creatively, to help organizations share their stories.

“As the director of a nonprofit, I saw the value of using stories to change lives for the better,” says Brooks. “And now, as a professional,…

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