Dr. Rex M. Horne, Jr.

Dr. Rex M. Horne, Jr., AICU President

Thank you for visiting our web page. Arkansas’ independent colleges and universities are a treasure for the students and our state. I am privileged to serve alongside the presidents of these fine institutions. Each one has a passion to make a difference in the lives of those who study there so they in turn will literally impact the world.

Take a moment and read about these unique colleges and universities. These institutions share a concern for the individual: body, soul, mind and spirit. There is an interest in the whole person including the spiritual. A commitment to characteristics that have made our country strong are inherent here. I think you will be impressed and encouraged with what you find in Arkansas’ independent colleges and universities.

I would enjoy communicating with you about our organization and ways you could help the thousands who attend and graduate each year from our private colleges and universities. I would be pleased to come to your town to speak to a group or civic club.

Thanks again for your interest.

Rex M. Horne, Jr.
Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities

News from our member institutions

Lyon College Names New President

Lyon College

The Lyon College Board of Trustees has announced that Dr. W. Joseph (Joey) King will become the 18th president of Lyon. He will succeed Dr. Donald V. Weatherman, who is retiring. King and his family will move to Batesville next summer, and he will begin work July 1. “The Board of Trustees is extremely excited about the election of Dr. Joey King as the next president of Lyon College. Dr. King’s broad experience, vision, and … …more

JBU Passes $100 Million Mark in Campaign for the Next Century

John Brown University

John Brown University announced today that more than $100 million in gifts and pledges have been made toward the $125 million Campaign for the Next Century. The campaign is scheduled to be completed on the 100th anniversary of the university’s founding in September of 2019. To date, more than 13,200 organizations and individuals have given to the campaign. “We are very grateful for the many people who have given generously to help us reach this … …more

Walnut Ridge/College City Merger Becomes Official

Williams Baptist College

Williams Baptist College has long called Walnut Ridge its home.  Now, it’s official.  The merger of College City into Walnut Ridge took effect as the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Day. “The merger will not only secure better services for our students, but also reflects a growing and positive relationship with our neighbors in Walnut Ridge,” said Dr. Tom Jones, president of WBC. Voters in both cities approved the merger by a wide margin … …more

Retired Mercy Health CEO Susan Barrett Delivers Fall 2016 Commencement Address

Archive John Brown University

Susan Barrett, retired CEO for Mercy Health Systems of Northwest Arkansas, will deliver John Brown University’s Fall 2016 commencement address Dec. 17 at 10 a.m. in the Bill George Arena. Barrett, the current chairman of JBU’s Board of Trustees, worked at Mercy Health for over 18 years and served as president from 1999 until her retirement in 2008. The Susan Barrett Women with a Mission Society was founded in 2009 in honor of Barrett’s contribution … …more