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Alumni Board Adds Eight New Members

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The Arkansas Tech University Alumni Association Board of Directors has eight new members who will serve a three-year term through the end of 2014.

The latest additions to the Arkansas Tech Alumni Board, with their date of graduation from Arkansas Tech and their current town of residence in parentheses, are:

  • James Thurston Higgs (Class of 1973; Lynn, Mass.)
  • William Truman Hill (Class of 1970; Russellville)
  • Sarah Beth Phillips (Class of 2006; Bentonville)
  • Joshua Brent Ray (Class of 2006; Fort Smith)
  • William Sanford Smith (Class of 1986; Dallas, Texas)
  • Matthew Lee White (Class of 2006; Conway)
  • Cara Marie Witherspoon (Class of 1978; Alma)
  • Jared Madison Wood (Class of 1997; Russellville)

Shirley Drewry Dodd of Russellville will serve as president of the Arkansas Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors in 2012. Jim White of Rogers has been selected to serve as the organization's president-elect in 2012.

Nominations for the Alumni Board may be made by any alumnus or alumna of Arkansas Tech University. The Arkansas Tech Office of Alumni Services receives and processes the nominations for review. Deadline for nominations is Sept. 1 of each year.

Those nominations are forwarded to a five-person selection committee, which in turn presents no more than eight names for consideration to the vice president for development at Arkansas Tech. The vice president for development reviews the recommendations and forwards them to the university president, who makes recommendations to the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees. At that point, it is the responsibility of the Tech Board of Trustees to appoint eight members representing the Russellville campus to the Arkansas Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors each year.

The Alumni Board also includes one representative from Arkansas Tech-Ozark Campus.

For more information about nominating an alumnus or alumna for service on the Arkansas Tech Alumni Board, call (479) 968-0242 or send e-mail to

Click here to learn more about the Arkansas Tech Alumni Association.