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What’s now Arkansas’ Independent Colleges & Universities was founded in March 1954 as the Arkansas Foundation of Associated Colleges. It began as a sort of “United Way” for the state’s private colleges and universities but has since evolved into an organization that also provides extensive governmental affairs and public affairs support for its 11 member institutions.

In July 2015, Dr. Rex Horne became the AICU president after nine years as the president of Ouachita Baptist University. Horne travels statewide to educate business and civic leaders in all parts of Arkansas about the importance of private higher education.

The 11 colleges and universities that are members of AICU are accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. AICU is a tax-exempt charitable organization under federal and state laws. All contributions to the AICU scholarship fund are tax deductible. …more

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US Bank Foundation Presents Grant for Scholarships

Mr. Mike Richardson, Arkansas Regional President, (left) and Scott Teague, Regional Commercial Banking Manager, (right), both of US Bank, present a $5,000 check to AICU President Rex Horne (center).

Mike Richardson, Arkansas Regional President, (left) and Scott Teague, Regional Commercial Banking Manager, (right), both of US Bank, present a $5,000 check to AICU President Rex Horne (center).

U.S. Bank Foundation has granted $5,000 to AICU to fund scholarships for students attending colleges and universities which are members of AICU. The grant was presented to AICU President Rex Horne on Oct. 15, 2018 by Mike Richardson, Arkansas Regional President of US Bank and Scott Teague, Regional Commercial Banking Manager of US Bank.

This gift will help those students who are first generation and are from low to moderate income families to enroll and/or remain in school.  Completing college is vitally important to the economic growth of Arkansas. AICU and its member institutions are most appreciative of this generous gift from US Bank Foundation.


News from our member institutions

Norman Inaugurated as WBU President

Williams Baptist University

Dr. Stan Norman has been officially installed as the seventh president of Williams Baptist University.  The inauguration ceremony was held Friday morning, Sept. 28, before a packed house in WBU’s Manley Chapel.  The crowd included state and denominational dignitaries, as well as representatives from a number of other colleges and universities. J.R. Cox of Walnut Ridge, chair of WBU’s Board of Trustees, performed the investiture and then placed the school’s presidential medallion on Norman. “We … …more

Endowed Scholarship Established for Central Baptist College WISH Circle

Central Baptist College

Endowed Scholarship Established for Central Baptist College WISH Circle The Conway Corporation Board of Directors recently approved a grant request from Central Baptist College in the amount of $100,000 to establish an endowed scholarship for the WISH Circle. The scholarship’s priority will be for women enrolling in CBC’s PACE (Professional Adult College Education) Program. “We are so thankful to Conway Corporation for their very generous gift to affect lasting change for women in our community … …more

“The Signal” earns Gold Medalist rating from Columbia Scholastic Press Association

Ouachita Baptist University

The Signal, Ouachita Baptist University’s student newspaper, and its accompanying website was awarded a Gold Medalist rating from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association in the category of College Hybrid News. The highest rating given by CSPA, the award was announced last week and included a critique of both the print and web editions during the 2017-18 academic year. Katie Kemp, a 2018 mass communications graduate and the editor of the 2017-18 print edition, said the … …more

KHDX Celebrates 45 Years in Campus Radio

Hendrix College

In 1973, there likely were plenty of 45s stacked around the KHDX office in Hulen Hall, keeping music within easy reach for those early DJs at Hendrix College’s radio station. The DJs may not rely on vinyl much anymore at their current space in the Student Life and Technology Center (SLTC), but KHDX 93.1 FM, also known as the “10-Watt Tower of Power,” will be celebrating 45 years of broadcasts throughout this academic year, beginning … …more