Board of Trustees
The 10 members of the Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas are appointed by the governor, one each year, for 10-year terms with the consent of the state senate. Two trustees are appointed from each of the state’s four congressional districts and two who are alumni of the University of Arkansas are appointed from the state at-large. The trustees oversee the UA System and approve major system and institutional policies.
Jim von Gremp, Chairman
Jim von Gremp of Rogers is a real estate investor, communications consultant and former Wal-Mart executive. Previously, he served as chairman of the Arkansas Public Service Commission and executive director of governmental relations for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. His term expires in 2015.
Ben Hyneman, Vice Chairman
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.
Jane Rogers, Secretary
Jane Rogers of Little Rock is a freelance organizational consultant. She has served as executive director of Riverfest, Inc., and the Department of Arkansas Heritage. A 1968 graduate of the University of Arkansas, Rogers is past president of the Chi Omega Foundation Board of Directors. Her term expires in 2016.
Stephen Broughton, M.D., Assistant Secretary
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.
David H. Pryor
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Morril Harriman of Little Rock has served as Governor Mike Beebe’s chief of staff since Beebe took office in 2007. 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.