University of the Ozarks has added four new members to its Board of Trustees.
The Rev. Tasha Blackburn and Allyn Donaubauer, both of Fort Smith; Catherine Lowry of Little Rock; and Sherilyn Poole of Forest Park, Ill., began their three-year terms on Jan. 1, 2016. They are members of the board’s Class of 2018.
Blackburn is the co-pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Fort Smith with her husband Phillip. She has a bachelor’s degree from Illinois College and a master’s of divinity degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She also earned a master’s of theology degree from the University of Edinburgh’s New College in Edinburgh, Scotland. She has served in ordained ministry since 2002, working as an associate pastor in Springfield, Ill., until 2012 when she joined the Fort Smith church.
Donaubauer is rejoining the board after having served previously. He is the senior vice president and managing director of the Raymond James office in Fort Smith. He has been named to Barron’s Top 1000 Advisors for six consecutive years. He has a degree in finance as well as an M.B.A., both from the University of Arkansas. He serves on the boards for the We Care Foundation, Bost Foundation and Children’s Emergency Shelter. He and his wife Janice have been strong supporters of the university’s Annual Scholarship Fund.
Lowry is a retired university educator and administrator, having served as a senior instructor in the Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology and as the program coordinator for the information technology minor at University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR). She was the 2012 recipient of the service award in the college. Her service to UALR included chairing the taskforce that created the Academy of Teaching and Learning Excellence. She also served as chief of staff in the searches for the current EIT dean and provost. She earned a master’s degree in interpersonal and organizational communication from UALR. Lowry is a member of Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock where she is an ordained elder and former chair of the development committee. She served three terms as a member of the board of directors at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
Poole is retired from Governors State University in University Park, Ill., where she served as associate vice president for Student Affairs/Dean of Students from 2007-2012. She holds an Ed.D. in educational administration and supervision from Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J.: a master’s degree in student personnel services from Montclair State College in New jersey; and a bachelor’s degree in English education from Springfield College in Springfield, Mass. She has experience in the areas of student life, student development, academic development, and teacher education. She is a consultant evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission as well as a member of the Higher Learning Commission’s Institutional Actions Committee. She also works with the Career Development Ministry of the Trinity United Church of Christ, and serves as vice-chair of the Village of Park Forest Youth Commission.