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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 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

News from our member institutions

JBU ANNOUNCES $2 MILLION GIFT FOR CHARLES PEER ENDOWED CHAIR IN VISUAL ARTS

John Brown University

John Brown University announced today an anonymous $2 million gift to establish the Charles Peer Endowed Chair in Visual Arts and a $1 million matching challenge for endowed art scholarships. The endowed chair and new scholarships are part of JBU’s $125 million Campaign for the Next Century: A Hope and a Future, which was also announced today. The new endowed chair is a part of the new $10 Million Endowment for Academic Excellence project in … …more

JBU ANNOUNCES $300,000 GIFT FROM SODERQUIST FAMILY FOUNDATION

John Brown University

John Brown University today announced a $300,000 gift from the Soderquist Family Foundation to support several new initiatives at JBU’s Donald G. Soderquist College of Business. The gift will establish a Strategic Initiatives and Innovation Fund for the college. “These resources will enable faculty and students in the Soderquist College of Business to continue to improve the quality of our program by developing new academic specialties within the College,” said Dr. Chip Pollard, JBU president. … …more

JBU ANNOUNCES WALTON LIFETIME HEALTH COMPLEX RENOVATION PROJECT WITH A $1.2 MILLION ANONYMOUS LEAD GIFT

John Brown University

John Brown University announced today a renovation project for Walton Lifetime Health Complex, a comprehensive fitness center on the Siloam Springs campus, that is projected to cost between $4-$5.5 million. Along with the official unveiling of the project, JBU President Chip Pollard announced the university had received a $1.2 million lead gift for the renovation. The project is a component of JBU’s $125 million Campaign for the Next Century: A Hope and a Future. The … …more

JBU ANNOUNCES $125 MILLION CENTENNIAL ‘CAMPAIGN FOR THE NEXT CENTURY’

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John Brown University today announced $125 million capital campaign to be completed by the school’s centennial in 2019. JBU’s Campaign for The Next Century: A Hope and Future will support JBU’s mission by securing financial commitments in five areas: $35 million for scholarships, $30 million for new and renovated facilities, $10 million to endow academic excellence, $25 million in estate gifts for future endowment, and $25 million for future projects and operating support. “Since the … …more