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.
SONJA YATES HUBBARD
Principal, The Yates Group
ROBERT L. SHOPTAW
Retired CEO, Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield
DR. LAURENCE ALEXANDER
Chancellor, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
DR. KELLY DAMPHOUSSE
Chancellor, Arkansas State University
Dr. Christina Drale
Chancellor, UA Little Rock
DR. JOSEPH STEINMETZ
Chancellor, University of Arkansas
Executive VP External Affairs, E. Ritter & Company
Executive Director, External Affairs South Region, MISO
R. ANDREW CLYDE
President and CEO, Murphy USA Inc.
President, AT&T Arkansas
EVP and Chief Ethics and Legal Officer, LiveRamp
Laura R. Landreaux
President & CEO, Entergy Arkansas, Inc.
SVP and Chief Client Officer, Acxiom
Chairman and CEO, Simmons First Foundation
Chairman Emeritus, The Nabholz Group, Inc.
President, Hytrol Conveyor Company
Executive Vice President, Operations, Transplace
President, First Security Bank
Operations Lead, Supplier & Location Services, Walmart