ATU Board Elects Kennedy as Chairman for 2020

Tom Kennedy

Tom Kennedy of Little Rock will serve as chairman of the Arkansas Tech University Board of Trustees during the 2020 calendar year.

Kennedy was elected chairman by his fellow trustees during their first meeting of the year on Thursday, Jan. 16, at Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson appointed Kennedy to a five-year term on the ATU Board of Trustees in 2016. It is Kennedy’s second term on the Arkansas Tech Board of Trustees. He was previously member of the board from January 2010-January 2015 and chairman of the board in 2014.

Kennedy graduated from Arkansas Tech in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. He went on to earn a Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law and gain admittance to the Arkansas Bar Association in 1985.

A former prosecuting attorney, Kennedy represented District 12 in the Arkansas State Senate for four years. He serves as vice president of public affairs at Entergy Arkansas, Inc.

Kennedy is married to the former Kristi Mitchell of Russellville. They have two daughters.

Other ATU Board of Trustees officers for 2020 are Eric Burnett of Fort Smith, who was elected vice chairman, and Stephanie Duffield of Russellville, who was elected secretary. They are joined on the board by Jim Smith of Fayetteville and Len Cotton of Dardanelle.