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 January 2011, Rex Nelson, one of the state’s most high-profile writers and speakers, became the AICU president. He embarked on a statewide speaking tour 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

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JBU Men’s Ultimate Frisbee Team Wins National Spirit Award

John Brown University

The JBU men’s ultimate Frisbee team handler launches the Frisbee into the end zone for the perfect game-winning catch. From the sidelines the chant goes up: “Iron!” yells a teammate. “Fist!” the team shouts in reply. The chant repeats three times before the John Brown University’s Men’s Ultimate Frisbee Team, Ironfist, quiets again. JBU’s Ultimate Frisbee team took their name Ironfist from the nickname the players gave the magnolia tree on the university’s Frisbee Golf … …more

U of O Alumni Board adds seven new directors

University of the Ozarks

Seven new members have been elected to the University of the Ozarks’ Alumni Association Board of Directors. Brandon Carlson ’10, Whitney Lewis ’14, Gary Perry ’74, George Pittenger ’91, Luis Sanchez ’08, Courtney Taylor ’09, and Bruce Williams ’43, were elected during the April board meeting. They will begin their three-year terms on July 1. Carlson, of College Station, Texas, works as a community director at Texas A&M University, where he received a master’s degree … …more

Harding University to host Special Olympics Arkansas summer games

Archive Harding University

Harding University will host the Special Olympics Arkansas summer games May 21-23, celebrating 22 consecutive years having the event on campus. Opening ceremonies kick off at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21, and activities last through closing ceremonies at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 23. Events include eight sports, and more than 2,000 athletes and 500 coaches are expected to attend. University Aramark Facility Services will deliver and pick up hundreds of chairs, tables and dumpsters and … …more

Harding University appoints Cannon-Clary College of Education dean

Harding University

Harding University Provost Larry Long has named Dr. Donny Lee the new dean of the University’s Cannon-Clary College of Education effective June 1. Lee, associate dean of the college, replaces Dr. Tony Finley, a professor of education who has served as dean of the college since August 1998. Finley is stepping down from the position to return to full-time faculty assignments in the fall. Lee, a Little Rock, Arkansas, native, has been at Harding since … …more