Tracy Rosser Joins ARA Board of Trustees

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 ARA welcomes Transplace VP to its Board

 Conway, AR, June 15, 2020 – The Arkansas Research Alliance (ARA) announced today that Tracy Rosser, Executive Vice President of Operations, Transplace Inc., has joined the ARA Board of Trustees. Mr. Rosser, who holds a bachelors degree in Business from the University of Alabama and an MBA from Tulane Univesity, begins his service to science and discovery immediately.

“Our Board of Trustees is the leadership foundation upon which we have built a strong and effective Arkansas Research Alliance,” says ARA President and CEO Jerry Adams. “We’re honored to have Tracy at our table working to elevate research in Arkansas.

“It’s very much an honor and privilege to work with such a talented board on such a great mission,” said Mr. Rosser. “I look forward to playing a role in furthering economic opportunity for Arkansas through advancing research and technology.”

Mr. Rosser, who has 25 years of senior-level supply chain experience, joined Transplace in 2019, where he is responsible for transportation management operations. Previously, Mr. Rosser  served as senior vice president of transportation and supply chain for Walmart. Prior to Walmart, he spent nine years in the truckload transportation industry holding positions in sales, marketing, and operations.

The ARA Board of Trustees is comprised of Arkansas business leaders and the chancellor from each of the state’s five major research universities. Arkansas Research Alliance supports groundbreaking research that improves the quality of life for people worldwide, including recent advancements in countering the COVID-19 pandemic.


About Arkansas Research Alliance

Founded in 2008, Arkansas Research Alliance is dedicated to elevating a fundamental belief: Research Matters. Operating as a public-private partnership, ARA invests in research that stimulates innovation, encourages collaboration, and strengthens economic opportunity.





The Takeaways

  • Arkansas Research Alliance announces a new Board of Trustees member
  • Tracy Rosser, Executive Vice President of Operations, Transplace
  • The Arkansas Research Alliance Board of Trustees is comprised of many of the state’s high-profile corporate leaders and the chancellor from each of the state’s top research universities
  • Founded in 2008, Arkansas Research Alliance elevates the role of research in Arkansas and its impact on the state’s economy
  • Arkansas Research Alliance is led by former Acxiom executive Jerry Adams
  • The ARA Board of Trustees is comprised of leaders from Arkansas’ business and academic communities:


Sonja Yates Hubbard (Chairperson), Principal, The Yates Group

Robert Shoptaw (Treasurer), Retired CEO, Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield

Dr. Laurence Alexander, Chancellor, UA at Pine Bluff

Dr. Kelly Damphousse, Chancellor, Arkansas State University

Dr. Christina Drale, Chancellor (Interim), UA Little Rock

Dr. Cam Patterson, Chancellor, UAMS

Dr. Joseph Steinmetz, Chancellor, University of Arkansas

Ritter Arnold, Executive VP External Affairs, E. Ritter & Co.

Daryl Brown, Executive Director, MISO

Andrew Clyde, President & 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, Chief Client Officer, Acxiom

Tommy May, Chairman & CEO, Simmons First Foundation

Charles Nabholz, Chairman Emeritus, The Nabholz Group

David Peacock, President, Hytrol Conveyor Co.

Tracy Rosser, Executive Vice President of Operations, Transplace, Inc.

Reynie Rutledge, President, First Security Bank

Dan Williams, Retired CEO, Garver

Michelle Wolfe, VP of Human Services, Walmart









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