ATU Alumnus Gains New U.S. Army Command

Arkansas Tech University alumnus Major Gen. Gary W. Johnston is the new commander for the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM).

Johnston was installed during a change of command ceremony at the Fort Belvoir Community Center (Va.) on Monday, June 11. In his new role, he will have oversight of 17,500 soldiers, Army civilians and contractors working on behalf of the United States at 180 locations in 45 countries.

“INSCOM is very fortunate to have such a promising leader in the able hands of my close friend Major Gen. Gary Johnston, an extraordinarily capable, incredibly talented and committed leader,” said Lt. Gen. Scott D. Berrier, U.S. Army deputy chief of staff, G-2, during the change of command ceremony. “There is no better successor to command INSCOM than Gary Johnston.”

A 1983 graduate of Russellville High School, Johnston went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Arkansas Tech in 1987. He completed the U.S. Army ROTC program at ATU and was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army.

In the 31 years since, Johnston has served as the Senior Intelligence Officer (J-2), Joint Intelligence Center, U.S. Central Command, McDill Air Force Base (Fla.); Deputy Commanding General for U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command at Fort Belvoir (Va.); Senior Intelligence Officer (G-2), XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg (N.C.); and Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence in Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan. He has been deployed in support of operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Joint Endeavor, Enduring Freedom and Freedom’s Sentinel.

Johnston received a Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence Degree from the Joint Military Intelligence College and a master’s degree from the U.S. Army War College.

According to a news release from INSCOM, the organization that Johnston will lead “executes mission command of operational intelligence and security forces, conducts and synchronizes worldwide multi-discipline and all-source intelligence and security operations, delivers linguist support and intelligence-related advanced skills training, acquisition support, logistics, communications and other specialized capabilities in support of Army, Joint and Coalition commands and the U.S. Intelligence Community.”

Johnston is one of seven Arkansas Tech ROTC program graduates to earn the rank of General officer in the U.S. Army. The others are Major General Ronald S. Chastain, Major General Harley C. Davis, Brigadier General Gracus K. Dunn, Major General William E. Harmon, Brigadier General Larry Newman and Major General William Wofford.

Other honored ROTC graduates of Tech include Congressman Steve A. Womack and two Department of Defense civilian General-officer-equivalent: Senior Executive Service Dalton R. Jones and Defense Intelligence Senior Level William H. Speer (Colonel, U.S. Army Retired).

ATU Alumna Honored by Yale University

Arkansas Tech University alumna Dr. Rose Nanyonga Clarke is one of five Yale University School of Nursing 2018 distinguished alumni award recipients.

Clarke and her fellow honorees were recognized for their contributions to the practice, teaching and research of nursing.

A 2002 graduate of ATU with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, Clarke went on to earn her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Baylor University and her Doctor of Philosophy degree in nursing from Yale University.

Today, she serves as vice chancellor for Clarke International University in Uganda. Clarke is also a senior faculty member at Clarke International. She teaches courses in health policy and planning as well as advanced strategic management.

Clarke is an advocate for children’s rights and providing leadership opportunities to health care providers. She serves on boards for Clarke Group, Narrow Road International Aid, The Nursing Now Campaign, Uganda Steering Committee, REMI East Africa and The Sinza Project.

A Gift for 2018 ATU Graduates

Members of the Arkansas Tech University Class of 2018 and other graduates from around the United States have been offered a congratulatory gift from entrepreneur and philanthropist Bill Gates.

Beginning at 10 a.m. CDT on Tuesday, June 5, Gates is offering 2018 graduates from any accredited college or university in the U.S. a free download of his favorite book of 2018, “Factfulness” by Hans Rosling. It is anticipated that the download will be available for 2-to-3 days.

Details about downloading the book are available at

Rickman Named to ABPG’s 40 Under 40

Arkansas Tech University alumnus Blake Rickman is listed among Arkansas Business Publishing Group’s 40 Under 40 Honorees for 2018.

Members of the annual list highlighting emerging influential business and political leaders from around the state are nominated by readers and chosen by the editors of Arkansas Business.

Rickman, 36, graduated from ATU with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology in 2005. He later added a Master of Education degree in higher education administration from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

He has worked at the University of Arkansas since 2009. Rickman has held the senior director of development and external relations position for the U of A Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences since May 2016.

Read more about the ABPG 40 Under 40 Class of 2018.

Photo courtesy of Arkansas Business.

ATU Alumna Wins Agriculture Education Honor

Arkansas Tech University alumna Angela Kirby Jones is Arkansas Farm Bureau’s 2018 Ag in the Classroom Outstanding Teacher.

Founded in 2006, the award recognizes teachers who excel at including agricultural concepts in their instruction.

Jones, a 10th grade English teacher at Greenwood High School, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in health information management from ATU and is enrolled in the ATU Master of Education in school counseling and leadership degree program.

According to a news release from Arkansas Farm Bureau, Jones worked agricultural concepts into all of her year-long curriculum, which included the students in her English II classes reading and writing about the classic “Animal Farm” by George Orwell, along with Ruta Septeys’ New York Times bestseller “Between Shades of Gray” and agriculture-themed articles from magazines, including Arkansas Farm Bureau’s Front Porch.

“I have a special interest in agriculture and an understanding of how it affects our personal lives, the environment, the economy, our national heritage and national security,” said Jones, who with her husband, 1999 ATU graduate Cody Jones, raises chickens in four broiler houses and runs a small cow-calf operation.

By winning the Ag in the Classroom Outstanding Teacher award, Jones earned an expense-paid trip to Portland, Maine, to represent Arkansas at the National Ag in the Classroom Conference, which will be held June 26-29.

“Agriculture is easier to teach in a science or a history/social studies class,” said Arkansas Farm Bureau Senior Education Coordinator Matt Jackson. “I’m impressed at (Jones’) ability to integrate agriculture into a high school English class.”

Photographed: Arkansas Tech University alumni Cody and Angela Jones and their daughter, Hallie.