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.
CEO, E-Z Mart Stores, Inc.
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. 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
Executive Vice President External Affairs, E. Ritter & Company
Sr. Vice President, Research & Development, Tyson Foods
R. ANDREW CLYDE
President and CEO, Murphy USA Inc.
Acxiom, EVP and Chief Ethics and Legal Officer
President, AT&T Arkansas
The Lawrence Group
Vice President, Wolfspeed
Chairman and CEO, Simmons First Foundation
Chairman Emeritus, The Nabholz Group, Inc.
President and CEO, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.
President, First Security Bank
Vice President, Human Resources, Walmart