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.
Mark Waldrip, chair
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, vice chair
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.
Morril 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.
Kelly Eichler, assistant secretary
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.
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.
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.
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, 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 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.
Tommy Boyer, of Fayetteville, graduated from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville in 1964, where he was also an All-American basketball player. He retired from the Eastman Kodak Company in 1989, and founded Micro Images in Amarillo, Texas. Within two years, Micro Images had become the largest Kodak document imaging systems broker and reseller in the United States. Boyer was inducted into the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2000. His term expires in 2027.
Steve Cox of Jonesboro graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1982 after having earned All Southwest Conference and All America honors during his football career as a punter and kicker, later playing in the NFL for the Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins. He rose through the ranks of banking before becoming a managing partner at Rainwater and Cox LLC, which oversees ownership and management of an array of commercial, hotel and agricultural properties. His term expires in 2018.