Arkansas Dean's Association

Annual Meeting

September 18-19, 2022




Arkansas Tech University welcomes all deans and chief academic officers to the Russellville campus for a celebration of our association and discussion of issues connected with higher education in Arkansas and across the nation. To register for the conference, go to:
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SUNDAY (6:30-8:30 pm)

Dinner and Keynote
Higher Education and the Shaping of Arkansas
5:45 pm                       Registration/Check-in Opens (West Chambers Dining Room)

6:30 pm                       Dinner/Networking
                                     Introduction of New Deans and Chief Academic Officers

7:15 pm                       Stan Poole, Introduction, Professor of English and former Vice President of Academic Affairs, Ouachita Baptist University

                            Rex Nelson, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Keynote Address

Rex Nelson, Senior Editor and columnist for the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, former president of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities, and publisher of the popular blog, Rex Nelson’s Southern Fried, reflects on the changing nature of higher education and its influence on the state. His presentation, followed by a brief time of Q&A, serves as the keynote for the conference as we celebrate the 50-plus year history of the Arkansas Deans Association.

MONDAY (7:30 am-2:00 pm)

7:30 am                       Breakfast and Networking (West Chambers Dining Room)

8:30 am                       Welcome
                                     Julie Furst-Bowe, Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs, Arkansas Tech University

                                     Introduction of New Deans and New Chief Academic Officers
                                     Brad Baine, Vice President, Arkansas Deans Association

8:45-9:30 am              Session I: Legal Landscape for Higher Education

        Edward Armstrong, Legal Counsel, Arkansas Tech University
        Amy Pennington, Associate VP for Student Affairs/Title IX Coordinator


9:45-10:45 am            Session II: Legislative Landscape for Higher Education

        Senator Breanne Davis, 16th Senatorial District
        Senator Jonathan Dismang, 28th Senatorial District
                     and Former President Pro Tempore
        Andy Goodman, President of Arkansas' Independent Colleges and Universities 
                     and former legislative director to Gov. Asa Hutchinson
        Shane Broadway, Vice President for University Relations, ASU System


11:00-11:45 am          Session III: Roundtable on Workforce Development and Higher Education Partnerships

        Brad Baine, Vice President of Academic Affairs, BRTC (moderator)
        Graycen Colbert Bigger, Executive Director, Northeast Arkansas
                      Regional Intermodal Authority
        Ken Warden, Associate Vice Chancellor,
                      Compliance and Legislative Affairs, UAFS
        Phillip Dickson, Dean of Business and Technology,
                      Black River Technical College
        Sheila Jacobs, Chief Academic Officer, ATU-Ozark


12:00 pm-1:00 pm     Lunch and Business Meeting
                                     Speaker: TBD

1:15-2:00 pm             Session IV: Roundtable on Public/Private Partnerships
                                    Marty Spears, Provost, Harding University
                                    Andrew Baker, Assistant to the President and Director of Community Connections, Harding University
                                    Stan Poole, Professor of English and former VP of Academic Affairs, Ouachita Baptist University
                                    Keldon Henley, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and
                                                  Chief of Staff, Ouachita Baptist University
                                    Brian Shonk, University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville

                                                               CONFERENCE ENDS

ADA 2022 Meeting URL: (
Conference Host: Jeffrey Cass, Dean, Arts and Humanities, ATU (

Lodging Options Near ATU campus (<1/2 mile)

Hampton Inn, 2304 N Arkansas Ave, Russellville, AR 72802(479) 858-7199

Fairfield Inn & Suites, 120 E Harrell Dr, Russellville, AR 72802(479) 967-9030

La Quinta Inn & Suites, 111 E Harrell Dr, Russellville, AR 72802(479) 967-2299

Courtyard by Marriot, 154 E Aspen Ln, Russellville, AR 72802(479) 968-6000

Holiday Inn & Suites, 300 E Harrell Dr, Russellville, AR 72802(479) 219-5152

Clarion Inn & Suites, 2407 N Arkansas Ave, Russellville, AR 72802(479) 968-4300

Arkansas Dean's Association Officers & Executive Committee Members:

For additional information, contact Jeffrey Cass, ATU host for the conference and Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities,
either by email ( or by phone (361-827-4006).
The Arkansas Deans Association brings together academic administrators from two-year and four-year, public and private institutions to consider issues facing higher education in our state and to share ideas about effective administrative practices.

For more information, contact