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


Rex Horne Named AICU President

Dr. Rex Horne, who has served as president of Ouachita Baptist University at Arkadelphia since 2006, has been named as the new president of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges & Universities. The announcement was made Tuesday by Dr. Don Weatherman, the president of Lyon College at Batesville and the chairman of the AICU executive committee. Horne will replace Rex Nelson, who has served as the AICU president since January 2011. Nelson recently was named to the new … …more

News from our member institutions

Harding names vice president for alumni and parent relations

Harding University

Liz Howell, assistant to the president for alumni and parent relations at Harding University, today was named to the newly created post of vice president for alumni and parent relations at the school. The appointment becomes effective July 1. Her responsibilities will remain the same in directing the school’s programs involving parents and alumni. She will join ten other administrators serving on the president’s cabinet. Howell joined the Harding staff in 1999 as director of … …more

Harding University names vice president for advancement

Harding University

Dr. Bryan Burks, dean of the Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration at Harding University, today was named vice president of advancement at the school. The appointment becomes effective July 15. He will direct the advancement efforts of Harding, which includes leading a team of seven fundraising professionals in the office. Burks, 48, succeeds Dr. Mike Williams in the position. Williams left Harding on May 31 to become president of Faulkner University in Montgomery, … …more

JBU Receives Sustained Excellence CASE Award for Educational Fundraising

John Brown University

John Brown University was recently named a recipient of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Educational Fundraising Awards in the categories of Overall Performance and Sustained Excellence. The Sustained Excellence in Educational Fundraising Award recognizes the fundraising programs that have garnered a CASE Award for Educational Fundraising in either Overall Performance or Overall Improvement in three of the last five years. This is the fifth time JBU has received a CASE Award … …more

JBU Names Lucas Roebuck Chief Communications Officer Roebuck also to Oversee Government Relations for JBU

John Brown University

John Brown University announced today that Lucas Roebuck has been promoted to chief communications officer and director of government affairs. Roebuck, 40, previously served six years as the director of university communications at JBU. “Lucas has led critical efforts in brand building, modernizing our web presence, crisis communications and more,” said Dr. Jim Krall, JBU’s vice president of advancement. “We are pleased that he has accepted this new expanded role as an important member of … …more