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Jim Ernst

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

The name Jim Ernst will forever be synonymous with Four Oaks.  The former, longtime President and CEO of the organization served in his role for the majority of Four Oaks’ 50-year existence, starting in 1979 at the age of 29 and retiring in 2015.  Along the way, he has seen all of the changes and growth over the decades, as well as the transformation of the children and family service field. 


Throughout his tenure, Ernst saw the organization grow from being Boys Acres; a small home for young boys in Bertram to becoming Four Oaks; now, a statewide organization with hundreds of employees and a full list of services to bring children and families the care they need.

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