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 YATES HUBBARD

Principal, The Yates Group

TREASURER:
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

Cam Patterson

Chancellor, UAMS

Dr. Christina Drale

Chancellor, UA Little Rock

DR. JOSEPH STEINMETZ

Chancellor, University of Arkansas

RITTER ARNOLD

Executive VP External Affairs, E. Ritter & Company

Daryl Brown

Executive Director, External Affairs South Region, MISO

R. ANDREW CLYDE

President and CEO, Murphy USA Inc.

Ronnie Dedman

President, AT&T Arkansas

Jerry Jones

EVP and Chief Ethics and Legal Officer, LiveRamp

Laura R. Landreaux

President & CEO, Entergy Arkansas, Inc.

GAYLON LAWRENCE

The Lawrence Group

Drew May

SVP and Chief Client Officer, Acxiom

TOMMY MAY

Chairman and CEO, Simmons First Foundation

CHARLES NABHOLZ

Chairman Emeritus, The Nabholz Group, Inc.

David Peacock

President, Hytrol Conveyor Company

REYNIE RUTLEDGE

President, First Security Bank

DAN WILLIAMS

CEO, GARVER

MICHELLE WOLFE

Operations Lead, Supplier & Location Services, Walmart