Board of Trustees

Reynie Rutledge

Chairman



Reynie Rutledge of Searcy is chairman and CEO of First Security Bank. He earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and has served on both the Sam M. Walton College of Business Executive Advisory Board and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Foundation Board. His term expires in 2017.

David H. Pryor

Vice Chairman



David H. Pryor of Fayetteville is a former U.S. Senator (1979-1997), Arkansas Governor (1975-1979) and U.S. Congressman (1967-1973). He is founding dean of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service and serves on the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. His term expires in 2019.

Morril Harriman

Secretary


Morril Harriman of Little Rock is an attorney with the Mitchell Williams law firm. He served as Governor Mike Beebe’s chief of staff from 2007 to 2015. Prior to that, Harriman served 16 years in the Arkansas Senate. He earned both his bachelor and law degrees from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. His term expires in 2024.

Mark Waldrip

Assistant Secretary



Mark Waldrip of Moro is owner of East Arkansas Seeds, Inc. and Armor Seed, LLC, companies that develop and sell soybeans, wheat, rice and corn. He also owns and manages Waldrip Farms, Inc., a several thousand acre family farm. Waldrip is a 1977 graduate of the University of Arkansas. His term expires in 2020.

Ben Hyneman



Ben Hyneman of Jonesboro is president of Southern Property & Casualty Insurance Company. He is former commissioner and chairman of the Arkansas Soil and Water Conservation Commission. Hyneman is a 1971 graduate of the University of Arkansas. His term expires in 2018.

John Goodson


John Goodson of Texarkana is a law partner at Keil & Goodson, P.A. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1987 and law degree in 1989 from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. His term expires in 2021.

Stephen Broughton, M.D.


Stephen Broughton, M.D. of Pine Bluff is a staff psychiatrist for the Southeast Arkansas Behavioral Health System. Broughton earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and completed his medical education at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. His term expires in 2022.

C.C. “Cliff” Gibson III


C.C. “Cliff” Gibson III of Monticello is founder of Gibson and Keith Law Firm and serves as county attorney for Drew County, Arkansas. The former president of the Monticello Economic Development Commission, Gibson attended the University of Arkansas at Monticello and earned his Juris Doctorate degree at the UALR Bowen School of Law. His term expires in 2023.

Sheffield Nelson


Sheffield Nelson of Little Rock is a senior partner at Jack Nelson and Jones. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas School of Law and is a graduate of the Arkansas State Teachers College. Nelson is the former chairman, president and CEO of Arkla, and won the Republican nomination for Arkansas Governor in 1990 and 1994. His term expires in 2025.

Kelly Eichler


Kelly Eichler of Little Rock is a graduate of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She serves as policy director for Gov. Asa Hutchinson. Eichler earned a Juris Doctorate from the UALR Bowen School of Law and formerly served as a law clerk the Arkansas Court of Appeals, a Pulaski County Deputy Prosecutor, private practice partner and Special Judge in Circuit and Juvenile Courts. Her term expires in 2026.