Winthrop Rockefeller Institute

Year Established: 2005

At a Glance

The Winthrop Rockefeller Institute (WRI) of the University of Arkansas System was established in July 2005 with a grant from the Winthrop Rockefeller Charitable Trust. The educational institute and conference center is located on Petit Jean Mountain near Morrilton, Ark., on the grounds of former Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller’s cattle farm. The institute is a separate tax-exempt corporation with facilities leased to the university. Its mission is to serve as a catalyst for furthering the mission of the University of Arkansas and carrying on the legacy of Gov. Rockefeller by bringing together people of diverse ideas and interests to address subjects of state, regional, national and international importance.

Points of Pride

  • In 2012, the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute will celebrate the Winthrop Rockefeller Centennial, a community collaborative in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the birth of former Governor Winthrop Rockefeller. This celebration will highlight the legacy of Winthrop Rockefeller in the state 40 years after he left office.
  • In September 2011, the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute was accredited by the American Culinary Federation to provide continuing education courses for culinary professionals seeking ACF initial certification and renewal certification. Courses will begin in January 2012 and will cover a wide variety of topics, from molecular gastronomy to restaurant fiscal management.
  • In 2009, the Institute was awarded “Best Place for a Company Retreat” by the readers of Arkansas Business.