The University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana met today in Hempstead Hall for their regularly scheduled meeting. The meeting began with the electing of new officers which resulted in Freddie Smith being elected Chairman, Dennis Ramsey Vice-Chairman, and Jerry Pruden as Secretary. All three of the newly elected officers have been very active on the Board of Visitors for many years and the College looks forward to their new roles on the Board.
Chairman Freddie L. Smith of Fulton has served on the University of Arkansas Community College at Hope Board of Visitors since September 20, 1996. He is the Pastor of Canaan Baptist Church and has an Associate of Arts Degree from Southern Baptist Junior College. He also has Bachelor of Arts and Master’s Degrees from Ouachita Baptist University. He has been recognized as Certified Dean by the National Baptist Convention Sunday School Publishers Board. Smith retired in October 2014 from Arkansas Rehabilitation Services as District Manager, after having served the State for 37 years in the rehabilitation field. He is a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Hope and a past president of the Hope Baseball Association. He and his wife, Linda, are the parents of two grown children.
Following the election of officers, Chancellor Thomason updated the Board on the economic impact of the college in the community. He noted that 119 full time employees represented an economic impact of $5,576.503 in salaries and benefits. The Chancellor also included in his comments current enrollment numbers for the Spring Semester that will start Monday, January 11th, noting that a small increase is expected if the current enrollment trend continues through enrollment deadlines next week.
Vice-Chancellor of Finance Belinda Aaron informed the Board of Visitors that the Professions Building on the Texarkana campus will be open for the spring semester and has been completed within the planned budget for the project. Vice-Chancellor of Student Services Brian Berry informed board members of the new RAVE emergency panic button app that will be available this semester to employees and staff to download onto their phones, giving them one-touch access to emergency personnel.
With no other business to discuss the Board of Visitors adjourned.