BOARD OF TRUSTEES

ARA is governed by a board of trustees comprised of chancellors from Arkansas research universities and business leaders from across the state. The board is committed to creating opportunities in the areas of research, commercialization, and job creation. Each member is a champion for research in Arkansas and dedicated to the advancement of ARA’s mission. The board of trustees has been critical to the success of the organization and continues to provide unparalleled leadership as ARA launches new programs, forms new collaborations, and gains momentum.

CHAIRMAN:
SONJA HUBBARD

CEO, E-Z Mart Stores, Inc.

TREASURER:
ROBERT L. SHOPTAW

Retired CEO, Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield

DR. LAURENCE ALEXANDER

Chancellor, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

DR. STEPHANIE GARDNER

Interim Chancellor, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

DR. ANDREW ROGERSON

Chancellor, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

DR. JOSEPH STEINMETZ

Chancellor, University of Arkansas

DR. KELLY DAMPHOUSSE

Chancellor, Arkansas State University

RITTER ARNOLD

Executive Vice President External Affairs, E. Ritter & Company

CRAIG BACON

Sr. Vice President, Research & Development, Tyson Foods

R. ANDREW CLYDE

President and CEO, Murphy USA Inc.

JERRY JONES

Acxiom, EVP and Chief Ethics and Legal Officer

ED DRILLING

President, AT&T Arkansas

TODD HILLMAN

MISO

RICK RILEY

CEO, Entergy

GAYLON LAWRENCE

The Lawrence Group

ALEX LOSTETTER

Vice President, Wolfspeed

TOMMY MAY

Chairman and CEO, Simmons First Foundation

CHARLES NABHOLZ

Chairman Emeritus, The Nabholz Group, Inc.

JOHN ROBERTS

President and CEO, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.

REYNIE RUTLEDGE

President, First Security Bank

DAN WILLIAMS

CEO, GARVER

MICHELLE WOLFE

Vice President, Human Resources, Walmart