The trustees of the University of Arkansas System are appointed by the governor of Arkansas to 10-year overlapping terms. The board sets policy for the University of Arkansas as well as other universities, colleges and institutes within the system.


Reynie RutledgeReynie Rutledge, chair

Reynie Rutledge of Searcy is chair and chief executive officer of First Security Bank. He earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Arkansas 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.


David PryorDavid Pryor, vice chair

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.


Morril HarrimanMorrill Harriman, secretary

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. His term expires in 2024.


Mark WaldripMark Waldrip, assistant secretary

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.


Ben Hyneman

Ben Hyneman

Ben Hyneman of Jonesboro is president of Southern Property & Casualty Insurance Co. He is former commissioner and chair of the Arkansas Soil and Water Conservation Commission. Hyneman is a 1971 graduate of the University of Arkansas. His term expires in 2018.


John GoodsonJohn Goodson

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. His term expires in 2021.


Stephen BroughtonStephen Broughton

Dr. Stephen Broughton 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.


CC Cliff AkinC.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, Ark. The former president of the Monticello Economic Development Commission, Gibson attended the University of Arkansas at Monticello and earned his Juris Doctor at the UALR Bowen School of Law. His term expires in 2023.


Sheffield NelsonSheffield Nelson

Sheffield Nelson of Little Rock is a retired president and chief executive office of Arkla Gas. He has served on the board of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Nelson earned his undergraduate degree from Arkansas State Teachers College, now the University of Central Arkansas, and his law degree from the University of Arkansas. His term expires in 2025.


Kelly EichlerKelly Eichler

Kelly Eichler of Little Rock is the public policy director for Gov. Asa Hutchinson. She previously served as a deputy prosecutor for Pulaski County and on the Arkansas Board of Corrections. She earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Arkansas and a law degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law. Her term expires in 2026.