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


A New Academic Year Is Here

You will see some of the current events, activities and accomplishments of our institutions as our new academic year begins. Visit this site often to see the work of our private colleges and universities. You can also link to our individual institutions.

News from our member institutions

Harding University named among top schools in Southeast

Harding University

Harding University is one of the best colleges in the Southeast, according to the nationally recognized education services company The Princeton Review. Harding is one of 140 institutions the organization recommends in its “Best in the Southeast” section of its website feature “2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region” that was posted Aug. 5 on PrincetonReview.com. The Princeton Review editors made their selections based on data the company collected from its survey of administrators at several … …more

New faculty welcomed to Harding University

Harding University

At Harding University’s annual pre-season faculty and staff dinner Aug. 18, 19 new faculty members were welcomed to campus for the 2015-16 school year. College of Allied Health Greg Mock, medical director, physician assistant program Laura Mulvany, instructor, communication sciences and disorders David Smith, assistant professor, physical therapy College of Bible and Ministry Alan and Rachel Howell, visiting missionaries Ryan Russell, lecturer Clay Smith, lecturer College of Business Administration David Kee, assistant professor Sarah McGaha, … …more

JBU Welcomes Largest Incoming Class in University History

John Brown University

John Brown University will welcome 456 new students when classes start on Wednesday — the largest cohort of new students in the university’s history. The number represents 17 percent growth over last year’s incoming class of 389. “JBU continues to be an outstanding value for those looking to attend an excellent Christian university,” said Don Crandall, vice president for enrollment management. “Our top-ranked programs combined with extensive financial aid opportunities make us attractive to a … …more

Harding University announces fall 2015 ASI Distinguished Lecture Series speakers

Harding University

Harding University’s American Studies Institute has announced its fall lineup of Distinguished Lecture Series speakers. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson will speak Sept. 22, and author Wes Moore will present Nov. 3. Hutchinson was sworn in as the 46th governor of Arkansas Jan. 13, focusing on bringing more jobs and economic growth to Arkansas. He has worked to lower taxes and to create a more business-friendly climate, and he has forged a consensus on the funding … …more